One of the reading groups in class has been reading biographies/studying people who have made a difference over the last couple of weeks. This week their passage was about Elizabeth Blackwell, the first women to receive a medical degree in the US. The passage told of how, in a time when a woman's role was vastly different than it is today, Blackwell always worked very hard in school, always practicing and asking for more work. Her father had also been quite influential in her motivation. I asked the kids some guiding questions to build comprehension of the reading. They found words that were new to them and used the context clues to figure out the meaning. During this discussion about working hard in school, one of my boys said, "My dad tells me I have to stay in school and learn." We all agreed and then he said, "My dad quit school and now he is plumber." I told him that a plumber is a good job. (My plumber makes more per hour than I do.) He shook his head, "No, my dad said he has to work in poop. He comes home with poop all over his pants. I'm going to stay in school. I don't want to get poop on my pants."
Well, that's as good as any reason to stay in school!
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