As a teacher, I love to use literature in my classroom as often as possible. This week we read a book about George Washington that chronicled the dental problems he is known to have faced throughout his life in a humorous rhyme.
I always love to start off a lesson with a hook that will grab the attention of my little charges. Since the week started off with George Washington's birthday, I decided to blacken in some of my teeth as I read this tail of George Washington and his tooth troubles. The children giggled with delight as I began to read and gave me their full attention.
Parents of a student I had last year suddenly appeared at the door to show off their new baby. I was so surprised and excited to see them that I jumped up, ran over to the door and threw out my arms to envelope them in a big hug. Unfortunately, I forgot about my own teeth. If you could have seen the look of horror on that poor Dad's face when I greeted him with a big smile. It grabbed everybody's attention....no doubt about it. Maybe next year I should consider a more subdued hook?