Lessons about first-graders

Michael Winerip of the New York Times has assembled 25 things about first-graders in this piece, which notes that “among the many horrors associated with the killing of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is that they were all first-graders.” Here, with the help of veteran first-grade teacher Joanne Strongin at E.M. Baker Elementary School in Great Neck, N.Y., are some of the lessons about first-graders, and you can find the rest here.

*First graders like to say:

“You’re not the boss of me.”

“I didn’t do it.”

“He told me to.”

“He did it too.”

“Stop cutting.”


* First graders love to tell visitors to their classroom that they do not take naps after lunch like little baby kindergartners.

*By the end of the year, several first-graders have lost their two front teeth and a few can tie their shoes.

*First-graders claim to hate tattle-tales but tattle at every opportunity.

*First-graders think their teachers know everything and love their parents unconditionally.

*First-graders love coming to school.

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.
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Valerie Strauss · December 18, 2012