Help, tips and advice sought – Please.

We, (Sara and I) have been invited to visit a local school and talk to the class of  8 year old pupils about writing and illustrating. The children have been reading our book and have each done a project on it, so I am looking forward to the visit though, I am a wee bit wary. I mean, I have been in classrooms with kids of this age before and you have to be ready for anything. So, with that in mind, I have loaded up on goodies (paint sets, brushes and sketch pads, along with a giant bucket of marshmallows).

What else do you think I need to bring?

The Runaway Schoolhouse

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A Moment with Maria while Bob is busy waiting for an Ogre.

A defining moment or challenge was experienced today. We were giving an athletic session to a group of 26 kids, my 13 were high on life. The three boys refused to calm down, stop was not in their vocabulary, pause was left outside the door. On the third reprimand I had enough of them, “Please return to your class room.” I twittered in my sternest (birdlike voice).

Suddenly the three villains wore angelic expressions and professed there love for staying in the gym with us. I wavered for a nano-second then caught the glint of amusement in their eyes. I stuck to my guns and they left the room. To return with an apology at the end of class.

It was clear that they were not used to an adult doing what they said, that is, empty threats often given and never carried out. Which leads to the question if the future generation cannot do what they are asked, is there any hope for us?