Last week, I alluded to the daily reflection that happens on Tuesdays-Thursday. Below is a sample of the children's comments since the beginning of school:
I learned how to capture the theme of a book.
I learned that it’s not hard to like a book a lot.
I learned that (reading) at the beginning of the day helps you focus if you have some time to read a book.
I learned that when you start with a quotation it makes you want to read the book even more.
I learned that the main reasons the world changed were because of guns, germs, and steel.
I learned that sometimes people plant things for a reason.
I learned that taking notes can help you out.
I learned that geographical luck has a lot to do with making an advanced civilization.
I learned the answer to Yali’s [question (Yali is a native of Papua New Guinea) to Jared Diamond about why white men have more "cargo" (technology)] is based on climate and crops and animals.
I learned that as a thinker taking notes is important.
I learned that the closer you are to resources the more likely you are to thrive.
I learned that sometimes you have to trust that what you are doing is right.
I learned that if you listen people will think that you really respect them.
I learned that you can really relate to some people.
I learned that big, memorable events are not too common.
I learned that writing in the present-tense is harder than past-tense.
I learned that if you help people they will help you.
I learned that to make a friend you have to be kind.
I learned that a timeline does not have to be straight but it can be creative.
I learned that when you want time to go slowly it passes quickly, but when you want it to go fast, it only inches by.
I learned that if everyone works hard we are a better team.
I learned about abstract colors.
I learned to never let my friends down.
I learned that thinking in math is fun.
I learned what colors contrast, and shadowing.
I learned about how Jim’s math class runs and ratios.
I learned that inspiration can come at any time.
I learned how to use a variety of verbs.
I was a writer and used similes and metaphors.
I said one of my homework things to my mom. It made my day.
I paid special attention to the “about the author” page.
As an athlete, I learned how to pull myself up to high places and do different kinds of flips.
I learned that how to be a leader in a civilization
I learned that in some ways it was easier to be in a group and in other ways it was harder
I learned the alphabet and a song in Spanish
I learned it was hard to find resources for our tribe to survive
I was a reader and learned that if you’re disabled and unable to work, you have to push through it.
I was a thinker and we had to create a civilization. It wasn’t easy to survive back then.
I learned that even if you are elected a leader, people the same age don’t respect you as their leader.
I learned that even when you fight with friends, it’s always alright to forgive them.
I learned that as civilizations become more advanced, resources become harder to find.
I learned that it was hard for humanity to progress in general.
As a friend, it is nice to ask people to sit with me.
As an artist, I found that art doesn’t always have to be perfect or serious and you can have fun doing it.
As a friend, I learned that my friends are open-minded and have a good imagination and want to be included.
As a mathematician, I did a math problem wrong then realized I had it wrong. I learned some things are different than they seem.
I learned about area, perimeter, and measurement for math and about societies and agreements for history.
I learned that civilizations had to survive in different conditions.
I learned that it is not always easy to be a leader.
As a friend, I created a fun game with my friends and learned that we all have great imaginations.