Thursday, March 18, 2004
Living It Up: Teaching Kindergarten
They are young, they are ferocious, and they can smell fear. Tonight, one lucky kindergarten class is getting a surprise substitute teacher. Jackie Johnson - or should we say Ms. Johnson - is Living It Up in a profession where only the strong survive.
(WSVN) -- Kids: "We are Living It Up with Jackie Johnson!"
Jackie: "And I'm going to be a kindergarten teacher for the day, I've got 19 kids and I'll be teaching them reading and math, get those number 2 pencils ready and be quiet, we gotta learn."
Jackie: "Alright Mrs. Schwab, what does it take to be a kindergarten teacher?"
Pam: "Well it takes a lot of organization, a lot of patience, and a lot of actual school, we all go to school in undergraduate for elementary ed, and a lot of us go and get our masters."
Jackie: "and what do you think the hardest part about teaching is?"
Pam: "The hardest part about teaching this age, and most ages is keeping them in control."
Jackie: "I saw the secret hand signal, what is that?"
Pam: "Secret signal, secret signal. In kindergarten, we do this here in this school so that they all get quiet as quickly as possible."
Jackie: "Okay I think I'm ready to start, what am I going to start off on?"
Pam: "We are going to start with the morning message."
Jackie: "All right, who would like to show me what day of the week it is?"
Jackie: "Oh, very good it's Wednesday, it's only a few more days to Friday."
Pam: "Who thinks they can show Ms. Johnson a number story?" Some kids raise their hands.
Kid: "2 apples and then 2 more came back."
Jackie: "So 4 apples?"
Kid: "2. 2 and then 2."
Jackie: "So that makes..."
Jackie: "Very good."
Jackie: "Who else has a number story?"
Girl: "2 rabbits came to me and 1 more came back."
Jackie: "3, so 3 rabbits, she had 2 and then one more came back."
Girl: "Want me to sing for you?"
Jackie: "Go ahead sing for me," and a girl sings, "Tomorrow."
Girl: "Now we can hear you sing."
Jackie: "Oh, I canít sing. Oh, you donít want me to sing. The camera might break, we donít want that."
Jackie: "So how do you think I did today?"
Pam: "You did a wonderful job. They really had fun."
Jackie: "And you usually give them stickers when they're good.
Pam: "Yeah, when they are good, they get stickers."
Jackie: "Hey, it wasn't that hard Living It Up as a kindergarten teacher for the day. A big thanks goes to Mrs. Schwab and her kindergarten class at Jacobson's Sinai Academy."
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