One Sunflower

Celebrate the gift of a veteran teacher

on August 24, 2010

Asha is a veteran Head Start teacher in our community.  This story about her was shared last week at our opening training session.

Asha was working with a young preschooler who was struggling at putting a puzzle together.  She knew this child had low self-esteem and so she carefully supported his efforts in a way to sustain interest, encourage persistence and ultimately success.  When they finished, Asha put her fingers to her lips in a kiss, then touched her head and told the boy, “Kiss your brain.”  The boy looked at her in confusion so Asha explained how his brain had helped him put that puzzle together.

Asha moved away to another child but a fellow teacher witnessed the boy dumping  the puzzle back on the floor and with each successful placement of a piece, silently kissing his fingers and touching his head.

Everyone who works with Asha has picked up on this phrase and motion.  I have images of whole classrooms of children moving on into kindergarten and first grade wordlessly gifting themselves with this sweet affirmation.

(see more stories at Two Writing Teachers link on Tuesdays)

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2 responses to “Celebrate the gift of a veteran teacher

  1. Stacey says:

    “Kiss your brain.” That’s one for me to remember.

  2. jeeyoung says:

    Thanks for sharing this story!

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