This week, Charli Mills at https://carrotranch.com issued a new challenge. “Not my monkeys. Not my circus.” The 99 word story I wrote is my interpretation. What do you think?
They’re All Our Monkeys
Written by Kerry E.B. Black
The weeks between Thanksgiving and winter break are educational blackouts in the elementary years. Even children who otherwise excel become as erratic as kernels in a hot pot.
We teachers try to siphon some of the palpable excitement into thematic units and a holiday open house.
My students bring a visual representation of their family’s holiday celebrations. Inclusive. Concise.
The new teacher grew ambitious. Her students created borax crystal snowflakes. Which led to paper cutout flakes. Which led to safety scissor fencing.
Sometimes, I wish I could just say, “Not my monkeys,” but we teachers have each other’s backs.