Friday, July 30, 2010

On kindergarten teachers

I remember kindergarten like it was yesterday.

I attended a half-day kindergarten at a church. I started kindergarten when I was barely five years old. My teacher was Mrs. Britnell. She wore a burgundy suit when she came to my house to visit before the school year started. She had brown hair and was probably around 50. She showed us film strips of Clifford while reading the book aloud. I once lied and said I couldn't write a "W" because I wanted her to lean over me and guide my hand in writing it. I also lied and said I couldn't work the scissors because I wanted her to help me using the pair that holes for her fingers and mine. We charted the children who had lost teeth and how many they had lost. I could literally draw you a diagram of the room, although the colors escape me.

I am so, so proud that my sister is an early childhood educator. If you know me in real life, you can attest to the number of times I reference her and what she says about early childhood education. Feel free to call me out in the comments by stating the number of times I have told you that either my sister is a pre-K and kindergarten teacher or that she has a master's degree in early childhood education.

This is yet another thought provoking article in the New York Times on early childhood education : The Case for the $320,000 Kindergarten Teachers.

1 comment:

Elaine said...

1. Go see "Waiting for Superman" as soon as you can. You will cry (I did), but you will also love the film.

2. You are quoting my favorite NYT author. I didn't know you read his column.

3. Mine was Mrs. Rivera. She retired this year. She thinks all-day Kindergarten is a mistake and my parents still bump into her pretty regularly. I adored her then and still do.

4. She definitely should've been paid more. No doubt.

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