On Mondays, my classroom is a “spare room.” I don’t have students attending on Mondays and I’m usually occupied logging data on my computer, doing home visits or convening with others for professional development or other meetings. Space is currently a primium at our school; every office, every hallway and cubby hole is occupied every day over the full course of the day. So on Mondays and after my students leave the other 4 days, it isn’t uncommon for little happenings to occur in my classroom for brief parts of the day.
Such was the case this morning and what a delight it was for me to be a fly on the wall in my classroom. A retired couple in our district, who are frequent volunteers in classrooms, had gathered all kinds of gift items and set up a little Christmas shop for children of single parent families. The students were brought to the room in groups of three and with an adult helper they browsed the tables for one big thing and one small thing and then wrapped them up, wrote a card and slipped it into a large shopping bag to take home.
I watched slyly from my desk and could tell when the realization of what they were doing sank in. Their eyes would change, a little smile would form on their lips and a few of them got a bit giddy. It was absolutely precious to watch.
I didn’t get much work done this morning.