Yesterday I went to the playground with my friend and her two lovely young sons.
I took the boys for a ride on the basket swing, patiently waited their turn. The older kids playing on the swing immediately got up and helped lift the boys into the swing. Then they pushed the boys on the swing, learning their names, patiently responding to requests to go higher and when the time came to go, helped the boys out and said goodbye.
As I walked away with the younger boys, I thought about how little we value playground interactions unless there are school rules broken.
Yet by observing children at play we can really assess all those attitudes we say we are teaching. Because the true measure of what children learn in the classroom is how the kids treat each other when they think adults aren’t watching.