I had to step out of the classroom for a moment today, and when I came back in, there was a cluster of students gathered at the front of the room.
Any teacher knows that when students crowd in like that, there are likely shenanigans afoot, so I hopped over to break up whatever it was and discovered….
One of my students had brought in her rock collection, and the other kids were delicately, respectfully, excitedly passing them around. Quartzes, opals, tiger’s eye, amethyst, and a healthy smattering of geodes and fossils. They murmured and thrilled with excited questions and exclamations.
These are not elementary kids. These were high schoolers. Not jockeying to get the best picture for the ‘Gram, not taunting each other over their “dumb rocks.” Just literally passing rocks around with childlike wonder.
I typed “childlike wonder” before I remembered the phrase was redundant. We’re talking about high school children, after all.
Sometimes the simple things really are the most delightful.