Monday, February 24, 2014

Reflection on our School Years

There is a best selling book by Robert Fulghum titled All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. These are some of those ideas:

1. Share everything.
2. Play fair.
3. Don't hit people.
4. Put things back where you found them.
5. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS.

You can see how those things can really apply to us no matter how old we are!

Think about your own early years in school, what did you learn that you think can still apply to your life? Is there a teacher who really taught you some wonderful lesson? Is there a particular incident you felt you really learned from? Is there a book your teacher shared that you really connected with?

33 comments:

  1. One thing that I learned in my earlier years was a lot of what it says on the website. It is kind of funny to me that we had to think about those rules but I still see older people and even sometimes me that have to remember and follow those rules. What I have learned over the years I have to show and tell my little brother because he needs to know this stuff and I also have to be a really good role model. He watches and repeats almost everything I do. I think one thing that really taught me a lot about the couple rules was my mom. I also have a twin sister so we both had to learn to share and learned quickly. This has helped me as I got older. I think one book that I learned a lot from was a the Fill your bucket book. It taught me to be nice and never be negative or mean. One incident that I learned from was when I was bullied in second grade and I really was down. So I told myself that I would never do that to someone else because I knew how it made me feel.

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  2. There was one thing that was really special to me that my teacher always did and I am really good at it right now. Reading, my teacher loved to read to our class when I was in pre-school and kindergarten. Our teacher read to us thousands of books like Magic Tree House and I just loved the adventure and sort of the realism. But all the way from pre-school I have had the love and skill to read like a champ. Another thing was that getting outside and talk to someone or play a game needs to be a part of your every day life. When I first came my dad dropped me off and I decided to enjoy the beautiful day. There was someone next to me and we said our hi's and nice to meet yous. Later we became good friends and played fun games together on the recess play ground.That is my young life experiences.

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  3. Everyone is different. That is what I learned early on. I used to think everyone knew how to write and read in my class, talk and laugh, but I it wasn’t true. When a teacher was talking about writing she said “everyone is different, you are going to say something different than them.” That wasn't really a big statement to some people but it was to me. It taught me that not everyone can be exactly like me. There was an incident at a grocery store that I feel TERRIBLE about. I said to my father after we walked past a really positive kid, he was skipping and smiling with autism and said, why does he look like that? Now that I think about it (blog title, coincidence) I wasn’t thinking. A teacher that really inspired me was Miss Wyman, she read a book called Out of my Mind and she really taught us, made us connect. It inspired me, a lot. That is what I want my readers to remember, Everyone is Different.

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  4. I think that a lot of my teachers had a impact in my life about learning lessons. It's amazing how a teacher can change your whole entire attitude or a way you do something. I like how my fourth grade teacher, Ms. Wyman, made have a better perspective on things. For instance, I never had liked writing but then she wanted me to write a fictional story. I went all out on the story because I could make everything up. I really liked that as a writer. But now am I great writer over all.

    -Isaiah P.

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  5. An experience that I learned from was the end of kindergarten. After having that awesome year with my great teacher I was sad to leave.Then I realized not to be sad it was over,but be glad it happened.This is a lesson that I continue to learn and realize just how true it is .

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  6. If I was asked to look back on my early years, and think about the amazing lessons I learned in kindergarten, I would probably only be able to think of one lesson and one teacher. The teacher that I would talk about would be a former Franklin teacher named Mrs. Jones. She was one of my favorite teachers of all time, and she was the person who taught me one of the most important lessons in the world: treat people the way that you would want them to treat you. I still remember this lesson today, when I am in a situation where I can either do something that will benefit me, or do something that will benefit another person. I always do the right thing and it is entirely because of kindergarten and my teacher Mrs. Jones. Although Mrs. Jones was the person who taught me this lesson, there was in fact a situation that occurred when I was little. I was drawing, and I needed a purple Crayon, and there were not any in the bin. I looked round and saw that the kid next to me had a purple Crayon, so without thinking I stole the Crayon from the kid's hand and he immediately went and told on me. Mrs. Jones asked me this: "Would you want someone to take a Crayon out of your hand?" I answered no, and ever since I have remembered that lesson I learned, and I thank Mrs. Jones for that.

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  8. Going back to my early years in school I think that some of the important lessons that I learned that I use now is treat people the way you want to be treated. One of the teachers that really taught me well was Mrs. Wightman, I had her for two years and she just got me interested in everything! Like when I came into her class I felt really nervous and I was really scared because the only teacher that I knew well was Mrs.Logan. But when the year progressed I got more and more comfortable with the school, and Mrs.Wightman helped me with that and I think that she should be recognized for it. And lastly I don’t think that there was any book that I remember that really stood out to me.

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  9. I learned how to make friends. Making friends is a huge part of life that I will use forever. In 3rd grade, I ran into a tree. I think that really helped me to learn to always know you surroundings, and don't run backwards. I have always loved reading books and every book has taught me a lesson that I will cherish.

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    1. You ran into a tree in third grade... Oh. I remember that.

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  10. A teacher who taught me an important lesson was Mrs. Goutell. She taught me to leave people and places better than you found them. That means, if you were sitting in someones family room, and the cushions were messed up. You might take the time to put them back “neater” than when you got there. That is leaving places better than when you found them. Leaving people better than when you found them is if you were going to meet someone, and they were feeling rather down, you might when you leave say, “Man, you’re the best at climbing.” and that might make them feel better. That is why Mrs. Goutell taught me an important lesson of leaving people better than when you found them.

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    1. Love it Forrest, good job!!! Agreed neater than you found it.

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  11. Mrs.Carroll taught me to better control my emotions and stop crying. This is really important to me because the skills she taught me helped me persevere through tough situations. That is what Mrs.Carroll taught me.

    ~James

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  12. Something I learned in Kindergarten was T.I.M. the bug. The “t” stands for tell them to stop, the “i” stands for ignore, and the “m” stands for move away. This comes in handy when someone is bothering you and you want them to stop. First you tell them to stop, then you ignore, them, and if they keep doing it, move away from them.
    ~ Carly B.

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  13. Something that I learned that is a very valuable lesson was that whatever you bring out you have to put it away. I have always followed that rule and still do. When I bring something out I put it away when I am done. One teacher that has really showed me something was Mrs.Maxey. She taught me to never give up even when you think you are going to not make it. Especially on math tests, never give up even when you know you can't do it. One book that I loved was Hunger Game series, it showed me to fight what it right!!! That book showed me so much.

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  14. A teacher that taught me a great lesson is Miss Wyman. She taught me that it is okay to be yourself no matter what. This helped me a lot. Miss Wyman also read a book called Out of My Mind. I connected to the book really well.

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  15. A teacher that taught me a important lesson is Mrs. Lerner. In second grade most girls were having friendship issues. Mrs. Lerner would have us come in to talk about our feelings. Mrs. Lerner taught me that friends might sometimes be annoying or selfish but you can't get mad at them for something that they didn't mean to do.
    ~Kate

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  16. One thing that I learned in my early years of school is to treat others like you want to be treated. I feel like this will help me all of my life, since people will have a certain reaction to your every action. You will get a better reaction from other people if your action is good. In other words, if you act nice to other people, they will act nice to you

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  17. A teacher that really helped me was Mrs.Maxey. She gives a lot of homework and I was not used to having a lot of homework. It is really going to help me in the future because in middle school teachers are going to give even more homework than Mrs. Maxey does. If Mrs.Maxey does not like she will fix it. She has taught me to be neater and be more organized. I used to be very messy and a still am pretty unorganized but at least I can sometimes find my stuff.

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    1. I agree with you Cooper, nice job!!!

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  18. I can still apply all of these rules to my life; Share everything, play fair, don’t hit people, put things back where you found them, and clean up your own mess. All of these rules are the basic and most important rules there pretty much are. We learned them in kindergarten! One of my teachers (I can’t remember who) when I was younger, read me a book that made me cry. It really taught me something. Of course I knew it before, but often times we don’t think about this. This book was called Each Kindness. It was about a little girl who was in a class with the “New Girl”. New Girl had no friends, and no one was nice to her. She seemed very poor. New Girl attempted to be friends with that other little girl many times. But, Other Girl laughed and made fun of her with her friends. They did this many times. One day when New Girl wasn’t at school, they did a kindness project, which made Other Girl realize that she wants to be friends with the New Girl. But New Girl never ever came back. Other girl never got her chance to make a new friend and say “I’m sorry”. The most important rule I learned in kindergarten was to include everyone and treat everyone like you would want to be treated.

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  19. Something I learned when I was little was how to add and subtract. I still use these almost every time I do math even if it has gotten more complicated. Simple addition and subtraction is in fractions, decimals, complicated word problems, and everything in between. Addition and subtraction are skills you will use for life.

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  20. The best selling book, All I Really Need To Learn I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulgum is true. We learned a lot. How to share, clean up our messes, play fair, put things back where you found them, and don’t hit. Those are some of the most important things in life. (At that time) I learned things in my early life that still apply to me. To always share. I have a little brother and Mom, Dad, Kyle, and I have always taught him to share. It applies for me too though. I share my work if I need too, I share my toys with Cody. There was a teacher that taught me some valuable lessons. Ms. Goutell. We aren’t through the whole year yet, but she has taught me how to be a mature, 6th grade and beyond student. Ms. Goutell has had field trips planned that really make us think. For example, Young Ameritowne. We each had our own jobs. It made all the kids think about how we need to run our business, how to use our money, and be good to our customers. Mrs. Wightman read a book to me called Socks. It connects to me because Socks, the little kitten, was very happy with her family. She would get all of the attention. Then, a baby came. She started to become a rag doll. The baby would throw her around, lick her, spew on her, and the baby got all of the attention. I can connect because I was happy, got a lot of the attention when I was little. Then Cody came. I was happy because I always wanted a little brother or sister, but I didn’t realize he needed all the attention, he was loud and all the other things that babies are. I love him though. ~Mia

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  21. A lot of teachers told me a lot of things. Mrs. McCandless, and many others, told me to just slow down when im writing. I still am working on slowing down when writing things down.

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  22. Like Allie's, I learned how to make friends in kindergarten. I was home schooled in preschool, so I missed out on that experience then. Thankfully, in kindergarten, I made a friend that I am still friends with today. In fourth grade, Mrs. Tierney taught me many things, like "perfect is boring". It's OK to make mistakes. Sometimes your writing is even better when you make a mistake!

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  23. Something I learned that was valuable to me was how to make people laugh, I learned this in preschool when I made my first friend, Blase. We both soon learned what each other liked, and how to make them laugh. The second thing to that that I learned was probably in kindergarten when I learned my numbers and letters.Those are skills I use to this day.

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  24. I learned lots things in my early school days. Some things that I learned that still apply to me today is to play fair, and be honest. I feel like these are the most important things that I learned because they take an important role. If you don’t play fair, and be honest you won't be happy. There is one teacher that helped me learn a lot. That was Mrs.Pine, she was my kindergarten teacher at my old school. She taught me a lot about the simple stuff that helped me work on to bigger stuff that will help me in my future.

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  25. I learned in my early years was to speak up. And I still have to apply to my every day because I have always been very quite. But I have learned that I need to speak up if my teacher is going to listen to me. Also, I got a recap n how to speak up this year because Miss.Carroll wont listen to me at all if I don't speak up. ~Natalie

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  26. In life these are the very basic rules. First is share everything. Even adults can disobey this and be greedy. Sometimes sharing means splitting a piece of food or sharing money or an object such as a toy. Second there is playing fair. Up until today 5th graders are picking the best person for the job such as capture the flag. Third s keep your hands to yourself. In 5th grade kids are getting in trouble because they don’t like that somebody is different than them or they don’t like how they do something. Fourth is putting things back where you found them. When you go to library you are expected to put the books back where you found them. If no one did this no one could find the book they are looking for. Fifth is clean up your own mess. When you go to a restaurant you are supposed to clean up your mess. If nobody cleaned up their trash the next person would have to clean their mess up if they wanted to eat. So, these basic kindergarten rules can apply to almost anything in life. An incident that I have learned from is when in Kindergarten I got in a fight with another kid. When the teacher found out that he was mad at something else I learned that some things might not seem like it is.

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  27. There are a few things that I can still remember from kindergarten that I use now. First I still use the rule play fair. For example in sports I argue when I disagree with a ref and don’t hurt anybody. Also I try to clean up and be organized- something I learned in kindergarten- but its hard. Lastly another thing I learned in kindergarten is to be nice. I try not to be violent and to share-all attempts of niceness.Those are just a few life lessons I learned in Kindergarten.

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  28. In best selling book by Robert Fulghum titled All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Some main ideas are...

    1. Share everything.

    2. Play fair.

    3. Don't hit people.

    4. Put things back where you found them.

    5. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS.


    Something I learned early in my life that I still follow today is kindness. In my early years my old man, my mom, and teachers in my school all told me about being kind and treat others the way you wanted to be treated. Back then I started out small with being kind like saying “please” or “thank you.” Well now today I give back to the community. For example I run for diabetes, donate money to charities, and I treat everyone with respect.

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  29. Over the years I have learned many things from school, many from not so great experiences. But one lesson I have learned that really stands out to me is to be yourself. I have noticed that everyone is searching for this idea of perfection in life when really everyone already is perfect. Yes, I know, nobody's perfect but i'm talking about the way you are. The way you talk the way you walk, theres absolutely nothing wrong with it. Or the way you act for someone to notice you. Everyone has tried before, if you say you haven't you're lying. You try to act a certain way to impress someone or simply to be noticed, when really your perfect the way you are. In fourth grade I was always trying to be “pretty” and to stand out but Ms.Wyman taught me to be myself. Yes every now and then I notice my imperfections but I am perfectly imperfect and no one can change that.
    ~Morgan

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