Five kids sit at desks scattered across the room, glumly attacking piles of work. Not a one looked the least bit happy. Angry would be a better description. Or bored. Or indifferent. Various infractions of the school rules landed them here for the day. They look tough.
Then, just outside the room, a cat appears on the window ledge. First one student, then another, and another notice the cat. How they change! Smiles break out. They are totally engaged, watching the cat’s every movement. They look tender. They are children again, with endless curiosity and capacity to care.
It didn’t take much to bring about a change. We teachers should remember that and look for the little spark that will bring a lesson to life.
This took place in our school’s “Guided Learning Center.” My daily duty is to relieve the staff member who oversees it for lunch break.
P.S. I don’t make the rules.