I have blogged about Alan before, and you may see a theme.
It was the first day of school: Monday, August 12, 2006. I was so happy to be back in the classrooom. I love my job but I am also a blogger, and kids in the classroom provide such wonderful material. I thought to myself, "There is no way that on the first day, like magic, some kid is going to say something that will make a great blog." WRONG!
As part of an icebreaker activity, I asked the kids to pair off with a partner and interview each other. I provided a list of questions that would bring out some interesting facts about their summer vacation and their personal interests. However, if you finished before the others, you could make up your own questions. Alan didn't have a partner, so I volunteered to share an interview with him. With my help, we finished early and started asking each other impromptu questions.
"Mr. R., if you could be in China, what places would you want to visit?"
Now this an interesting question for a kid to ask his teacher. I happen to know that Alan has been to China, and having studied Chinese Shaolin Kung Fu for many years and dreamt of traveling there, I already had an answer.
"I think I'd like to see the Forbidden City."
"I've been there and seen the Forbidden City."
"You sure are fortunate, Alan. I'd love to see it. Did you see the Palace of Celestial Harmony?"
"Yes. It was big."
"Did you get to go into the Hall of Supreme Harmony?"
"Yes, I did."
"Cool! Now it's my turn to ask a question. Alan, if you could go to any restaurant in the whole wide world, where would you go?"
"Well, Mr. R., there is a restaurant in China . I don't know the name of it, but I'd choose it." Then he paused and continued to contemplate fine dining.
or maybe Hooters."
Fifth grade boys!