Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Hermit Crab Connection


On Friday, the 2nd grade pen pals of our little school and their sister school in a nearby community got to meet each other for the first time. The little ones had been writing each other all year and it has become a tradition for the sister school's 2nd grade to come visit our school for a fun filled day of activities.

Part of that tradition involved a visit to the nearby shore for netting and a guided tour through our Aqua Lab.
My older high school students became the teachers and after lots of preparation, I bowed out and let them do their thing.

But, as the "new guy", I still worried ...

Would my chosen beach crew, all boys, all young watermen who actually work on the water, all a little squirmy in a classroom desk, ... would they be able to share their knowledge with 2nd graders?

Would the lab crew "keep it fresh" for each of the four groups of 20 elementary kids(80 total) who toured the lab?

Was there something I missed in preparing?

We didn't miss anything I might have missed in planning and the kids did SPECTACULAR!

The second graders had a blast and the teachers who accompanied them gave our kids A+ for the wonderful job they did.

I just walked around beaming while they shined.
The interaction between the older and much younger kids was a wonderful thing to watch.
In education, we call that "cascade learning", but it's really a timeless tradition that needs no fancy educationalesian label.

It's all about connections ... which is why I love the photo above and why it is the only photo you will see in this post.

I did not take that photo.

One of my best and brightest students is a whiz bang photographer and on this rare day in which she did not have her camera at school, I passed mine off to her and said, " Shoot everything, fill the memory card".

And she did.
Most of those shots are for us, but this photo leaped out at me when I had time to sit down and look through my camera's memory.

In one well composed shot, she captured the sharing between old and new, as well as a sense of tenderness and caring between the two humans and the hermit crab cradled in both their hands.

It's a beautiful thing.


Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

We teach to cause a result. Teaching is successful only if we cause learning related to purpose.
Awesome job Florida Boy!!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Awww. I just love hand photos. I think hands hold so much emotion especially when someone so talented gets it right.

threecollie said...

Awesome in the most literal sense of the word!

Caroline said...


jean said...

It is a beautiful thing. Thank you for sharing it.

Wendy said...

She is a whiz bang photographer for sure! Sounds like a most awesome day for everyone involved. Good job, new guy! :)

lisa said...

I have to agree with everyone else! Awesome job!

Floridacracker said...

Thanks, the kids did most of the work tho!

Agreed. That photo made me misty.

Thanks! I told the kids multiple times how awesome I thought they were!

That photo is like a single sentence summary of the day. :)

You are welcome. These kids are too cool to keep to myself.

She really is talented. She actually is a sole proprieter of her own busy photo business and she's just a teenager.

I think they were feeling pretty awesome when it was over. I know they were tired, because I heard about it today.

Dani said...

What a great day for y'all!

kevin said...

Nice photo. I'm relieved to know the big hands aren't yours.

Floridacracker said...

LOTS of fun!

Floridacracker said...

Bro, you know I like a nice crackle finish on my nails.

LaDivaCucina said...

It IS a beautiful thing. How wonderful that you've inspired the older kids and "lead by example!" I love stories like this, the pen pal tradition is soooo cool! Sounds like the older boys were enjoyed their role. WEll done all!

Floridacracker said...

Thanks LaDiva!