March 29, 21
December Bean Caper
As A.M. was finishing up his lunch, he announced “My bean is on the floor.”
Karen came over and moved the chair and said, “There it is.”
“I need to get it!” said A.M. while stretching towards it, “I can’t get it.”
Michelle rushed over and said “I’ll hold your legs.”
Soon E.M., B.T. and Z.L were over helping. B.T. held onto Michelle’s legs, Z.L. held onto B.T.’s legs and E.M. held onto Z.L.’s legs. A.M. leaned over more so that his body looked like a triangle. Somehow A.M.’s sock came off and Z.L. helped put it back on.
Karen, observing the situation, sat down and stated “I am doing slow.”
Time passed and A.M. finally got the kidney bean. “Now it’s dirty!” exclaimed Asher.
Karen asked, “How can we clean it?”
A.M. picked up the bean and Z.L. offered to carry it to the sink. While Z.L. was holding it, A.M. said “Hold on tight to my bean!”
It was a whole mess of kids as more began to find ways to help with the problematic bean. We figured out that A.M. could wash it and Z.L. continued helping him. While standing halfway between the circle table and the sink, A.M. said “E.M. try to get my socks off now!”
Karen thought, “Now you are tempting fate.” The sock came off. Z.L. patiently put it back on. Eventually the bean got washed.
Meanwhile the kids were all over the floor. Michelle tried saying “Karen and I will close our eyes and count to three, then when we open them all of you will be sitting at the tables.”
“One, two, three!”
Michelle and Karen’s opened their eyes and all the kids were still on the floor. Looking around the room, Michelle exclaimed “That didn’t work!”
Karen and Michelle were laughing and smiling. The children were also laughing and smiling.
Thoughts and Interviews:
Karen asked, “What did you do?” P.C. “I did nothing”
G.G., “I played”
B.T., “I pulled on Michelle’s legs”
I am so impressed how Z.L. connected with A.M. and helped him.
Michelle and I were looking at each other laughing and smiling probably thinking about all the cool things that were happening in this moment.
I thought it was cool how all the kids were connecting and helping.
I think this has elements of slow in it even though there was a lot of frenzy. It would have been good to have some photos or videos, but the act of filming would have changed what happened so would have having another adult in the room.
Pedagogical narration is the process of noticing and collecting moments from daily practice and sharing these with colleagues, children, and families to make children’s learning processes and inquiries, as well as educators’ pedagogical choices, visible and open to interpretation and reflection.
- BC ELF pg. 3
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