MY FOURTH GRADERS

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“”When I grow up I want to be a little boy” ~Joseph Heller

Following graduation from college I took a position in a private elementary school as a teacher of a 4th grade class …it was my first full time job and I was determined to prove my ability to take on responsibilities…as I got to know the children,I became aware of having an inner child somewhat like my 9 year old students and that part of me felt the same as they did about many things particularly when it came to having fun.

When I was 9 years old in the 4th grade,I was a poor student with not many friends and knew little about having fun…but now things had changed and I would have my second chance to do it all over again and the way I wanted it…and what made it easy was that the children saw me as the type grown up man they would like …I wonder now if they didn’t sense my inner child was no different than theirs and on that level we had a lot to share together and so we did…we were always concerned about how to make learning fun and playful so I never had any real disciplined problems and there was a lot of affection toward each other…it was exactly the way I wanted it when I was 9 years old and in the 4th grade.

I am inclined to believe if our inner child feels they have been deprived of desirable experiences when young ,we will make an effort later in our adulthood to fulfill these missing experiences…this often can be seen in parents who want their children to have what they have missed (sometimes even trying to push their child to play out what they had wanted in their childhood)… it seems our inner child needs to feel fully contented before it can rest.

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