One of the things I like to do when meeting a group of kids for the first time is to tell stories of my experiences teaching. This always works as a great ice breaker and assures that the kids will remember my visit in positive ways. I do this because I like telling stories and because it ALWAYS WORKS.
I also like to get the kids involved as much as I can in the lessons so that the lessons become INTERACTIVE and ALIVE. I remember from my own time as a student how boring classes were when all the teacher did was TEACH.
One day, as I was teaching a 3rd grade class, one of the kids told me that the teacher normally used 15 minutes to talk with the students about things THEY wanted to talk about. So I opened the floor. I always tell the kids that I will be honest with them about any topic they want to talk about (within means of course).
One boy raised his hand and asked me, “Why do girls kick me in the head?” To make a long story short what had happened was that his sister kicked him in the head, once.
I decided to tell this story in an 8th grade class. Believe it or not, it actually made sense as part of a conversation on bullying. One of the girls in the class asked if the boys name was “xxxx”. It turns out that the was the “sister”. She explained that the occurrence took place inside the back seat of the car. She “playfully” kicked him in the mouth and a lose tooth fell out. The next day she came to school and said she talked to her brother and told her mother. Fortunately her mother found it amusing and her brother ‘s face turned 3 shades of red..