The 82nd Circle Time: The Show and Tell Weekly Thread
Show and Tell is wasted on elementary schoolers. Join several dozen bloggers weekly to show off an item, tell a story, and get the attention of the class. In other words, this is Show and Tell 2.0. Everyone is welcome to join, even if you have never posted before and just found out about Show and Tell for the first time today. So yank out a photo of the worst bridesmaid’s dress you ever wore and tell us the story; show off the homemade soup you cooked last night; or tell us all about the scarf you made for your first knitting project. Details on how to participate are located at the bottom of this post.
This is how I won an Olympic gold medal.
I was really sad watching the 2002 winter Olympics, so I went to school and told my students about how I could never reconcile the fact that I had no chance of winning an Olympic medal. I’d forever think about it with each Olympics, and I asked them if they would help me achieve this dream by holding our own Olympics at the school with events within my capabilities such as holding very still or standing on one foot for a long period of time.
Over 100 students agreed, and the principal allowed me to organize it and run it during a series of lunch times and recesses. We kicked off the opening ceremony with the running of a paper torch during a school assembly. People came to cheer on each other during events or participated in the “sports.” I won a gold medal for synchronized eating (a group of four–me and three students–had to choreograph a routine to music and we made smores in unison and consumed them while dancing. And yes, I made Josh miss work to come video tape us performing. We would have won the silver, but the gold team was eliminated by using inappropriate music).
The principal knew how much it meant to me, so during the next school assembly, she called all the winners on stage and gave us gold, silver, and bronze medals that she had purchased. Another teacher got up on a ladder and held the flag over my head and the entire school rose and sang the national anthem. And I bawled.
Years later, when I was leaving the school to stay at home with the twins, the new prinicipal threw a chaotic pizza party at lunch time in my honour. It was a new management team who didn’t know me at all and couldn’t tell that pizza was a terrible idea to “honour” my many years with the school. One of my synchronized-eating teammates was in the upper school and she told my students about the Olympics from years earlier.
Near the last day of school, a student asked me to come out into the Commons to help with something and when I walked out, a group of about 50 students–current ones and old ones who came down from the upper school–stood up and sang the “Star-Spangled Banner” for me. And yes, I bawled again because the kids got what the adults couldn’t.
And yes, I cried again writing this.
I’m going to wear my medal to watch the Olympics this winter.
What are you showing today?
Click here or scroll down to the bottom of this post if this is your first time joining along (Important: link to the permalink for the post, not the main url for your blog and use your blog’s name, not your name. Links not going to a Show and Tell post will be deleted). The list is open from now until late Friday night and a new one is posted every week.
- If you would like to join circle time and show something to the class, simply post each Wednesday night (or any time between Wednesday morning and Friday night), hopefully including a picture if possible, and telling us about your item. It can be anything–a photo from a trip, a picture of the dress you bought this week, a random image from an old yearbook showing a person you miss. It doesn’t need to contain a picture if you can’t get a picture–you can simply tell a story about a single item. The list opens every Wednesday night and closes on Friday night.
- You must mention Show and Tell and include a link back to this post in your post so people can find the rest of the class. This spreads new readership around through the list. This is now required.
- Label your post “Show and Tell” each week and then come back here and add the permalink for the post via the Mr. Linky feature (not your blog’s main url–use the permalink for your specific Show and Tell post).
- Oh, and then the point is that you click through all of your classmates and see what they are showing this week. And everyone loves a good “ooooh” and “aaaah” and to be queen (or king) of the playground for five minutes so leave them a comment if you can.
- Did you post a link and now it’s missing?: I reserve the right to delete any links that are not leading to a Show and Tell post or are the blogging equivalent of a spitball.