Age 6

The First Grade Teacher's Wisdom

Some values have come to be highly regarded by most people, such as honesty, good sportsmanship, courtesy, and respect for the rights of others.

When there has been a breach, the teacher can use the situation to teach clear thinking by asking questions. "How did you feel afterwards?" "Would you do it the same way again?" "Would someone else have handled it differently? What do you think that person would have done? Are their differences between the two of you?" "What do you like (or not like) about what you did (or didn't do)?" "Do you have purpose in mind for what you did?" "Will something happen that you want to happen because of what you did (or won't it)?"

In whole-class evaluation sessions, the teacher will help the children to learn important classroom values, such as taking responsibility for materials, taking turns, showing kindness, and accepting others regardless of race or religion.

Over the years people have expressed their values in proverbs, which become the common possession of everyone. Here are some proverbs that first-grade children like to remember:

* No use crying over spilt milk.

* Never too late to mend.

* No matter how far you have gone on a wrong road, turn back.

* The bad worker blames his tools.

* You can't have your cake and eat it, too.

* Don't bite off more than you can chew.

* There's no smoke without fire.

* Haste makes waste.

* Word by word great books are written.

* As you have made your bed, so must you lie in it.

* Kindness is not wasted, even if you are not thanked for it.

* Good words cost nothing.

* White or black we are equally human.

The teacher - and the children - might think of - or think up - other sayings.

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