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Students vs. Assignments

Recently I was reading the blog, Without Filters, a new favorite of mine in the blog-world.  I came across this touching post, “It’s Just a Leaf, Right?.” It’s about the author’s preschool son’s rainbow-colored leaf which disappointed his teacher.  It reminded me that often times we, as educators, overlook the wondrous ways students’ brains work in the name of “properly” completing an assignment.  I believe you will be moved by this post if you take a few minutes to read it.

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  1. Ruth,

    I am honored that you shared my story here. I noticed a bit of traffic coming from this direction and wanted to thank everyone who has taken the time to share in my experience.


    Thank you so much for sharing your experience and welcome to the blogging world. I’m also a newbie and just discovered this arena in February.

    Those lyrics are amazing and will stay with me for quite some time. To be honest, I’ve been checking back here regularly today to see if there was any commentary from the teachers. I was just a tad nervous about the response to my perspective on my son’s experience. Thank you for affirming me – it means a lot coming from a professional.

    I absolutely respect and admire what you do for our children everyday and would like to say Thank You. My mother just retired from education and spent her time as both a teacher and a principal. I saw first hand how much of yourself teachers put into their work everyday and am in awe.



  2. Ruth,
    I have been visiting your blog for several weeks. I have been a little afraid to post a comment, not knowing all of the etiquette involved since all things blog related are so new to me. After reading this post, I had to respond.

    I taught kindergarten for 5 years before taking the leap to 4th and 5th grade. My kindergarten classroom changed during the years as I grew and learned more about what my students needed. There was one constant that never changed. I made a poster with the words to Harry Chapin’s Flowers are Red. My students learned the song, their parents saw the lyrics printed on several items that went home. It was a beautiful way to remind everyone of what is most important. You can find the lyrics at

    Thanks for letting me share.


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