In the education (and parenting) world there are are always new techniques, creative ideas, and fun unique activities to try. And then there are the tried and true classics that never go out of style.
I have made green eggs and ham every year I’ve taught and it is always a hit! It never fails that my kiddos start out just like the character in Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham by saying, and I’m paraphrasing here, “Ew yuck. Yea right lady, I ain’t trying that stuff.”
We read the book, have a good chat about the importance of trying new things, and then we put everyone to the test. Inevitably there are students who are still leery of the green eggs, but this is one of the few times where peer pressure does some good. As soon as one brave soul goes for the funny looking plate full of food, and gives the glimmer of a positive response, the rest of the class tends to dive in.
It is the most fun to see their reactions and join in on their excitement. They are proud of themselves for trying something “daring” and new. They are surprised that they like it. And, most of all, they have a connection to a book that they will not soon forget. Like I always say- it’s the simple things in life.