I love to see students helping each other without prompting. As this sweet K student wanted to checkout and was not sure what to do at the computer, Iric, waiting in line behind her asked if she needed help. She answered yes and he proceeded to show her what to do. He did not do it for her, but began to teach her what to do. This is something I see all the time with our students who are learning to be leaders. There are many definitions for leadership and the one we try to emphasize each day is the role of an EVERYDAY LEADER, someone who displays leadership even when there is no one watching.
When I get new books in the library, I like to talk to the students about them and then let them have at it! I had all the books on the table in nice neat stacks to show the next class about the sets of nonfiction we had purchased and in comes A. She has a happy reader face every day, but today she was very excited to pick a new book. This 1st grader LOVES to read and LOVES chipmunks as I hear her *gasp* from the table of new books. There it is on the top of the stack of Backyard Animals I bought. Her face is full of awe and excitement as she picks it up and hugs it to her chest. Did I let her take it? Of course...she read it all in a couple of days, brought it back, and schooled me with her superior knowledge of this cute, furry, backyard mammal. I love my job!