This week I have been learning about a new way of teaching kindergarten that my school district is implementing. I don’t know much about kindergarten and I know even less about kindergarteners so, there is a lot for me to learn. About the first ten years of my teaching was in middle school and then mostly 4th and 5th since then.
I commented to a colleague about my lack of knowledge/ experience with 5 and 6 year olds. She asked, “But you know a lot about middle schoolers, don’t you?”
“Yes, I do,” I answered.
“They are very similar: unpredictable, variable moods, they want to be grown up and little kids at the same time, they learn fast, they say everything they think without filtering, they want life to be fair and consistent,” and on she described the wonderful, amazing middle schoolers I have worked with (with whom I have worked!).
I think I will have to spend some more time with 5 and 6 year olds and see if she is right. What do you think? Is my colleague right?