Can Controversy be Classy?

In this piece on what may or may not be appropriate in the classroom, blogger Matt Weimann explores some saucy language with his third graders. This one is really thoughtful, funny, engaging and appropriate for all ages-mostly. If you were in amy way moved by my piece on potty-mouthed professors in the college classroom, Weimann’s companion piece is sure to delight. Drop him a comment and let him know what you think.

The Captain of Class

classEveryday, right after recess and just before math, I have been conducting a sit-down with my students. We have been discussing what it means to be classy. In the past, I just threw ideas at my pupils in off-handed remarks. This year I decided to take a more proactive, purposeful approach.

2bookI found a book at The Learning Express store, called “Being Polite: A few manners every kid should know”. This presents plenty of generic behaviors that adults take for granted, but kids need to be told. For instance, when you go out to eat at a restaurant or over a friend’s house, place your napkin on your lap and keep your eating area neat throughout the meal. This seems arbitrary and obvious. It is neither. Unless a kid saw someone do it, he would never put his napkin on his lap. This isn’t even necessarily the…

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