What I learned from a 5th grader…

21 Oct

The 4th-6th graders did a worksheet where they had to come up with as many words as they could from the phrase “Thomas Edison was a great inventor.” Most of the kids had a great time doing it, some of them were really competitive and worked really hard to see how many words they could come up with. It was exciting to see how happy they were just simply discovering a new word in the phrase. I was impressed by some of the words they came up with and came up with a few myself. When all was said and done there could only be one person with the most words. One girl was upset that she didn’t win and so I sat down and talked to her for a couple minutes. I myself am super competitive, so when I lose something, sometimes, I get upset too. Talking to this girl about losing and how it’s not the end of the world I kind of realized how big of a baby I can be when it comes to winning or losing a competition. Yes, life is a giant competition, but it’s not always about winning the game, it’s about learning from the experience.

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One Response to “What I learned from a 5th grader…”

  1. wjamericorpsfellows October 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    I am so glad that you have been able to have your own “aha” moment while working with these youth. Service can be such a rewarding experience for everyone involved!

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