I love Winnie the Pooh. His wisdom and simple nature can turn a frown upside down.
Winnie the Pooh appears to be a childhood character in a series of books written by A.A. Milne. Yet, his open heartedness, compassion, loving kindness, mindful listening to his friends, nature etc. remind me once again how this beloved book has touched so many children and adults.
I have always been touched by his simple endearing thoughtfulness. I remember that I did a character study of Pooh and his friends in my class years ago at another school. Tigger being the boys favorite of course. Pooh mine. And as I re-read these familiar quotes with the time & experience given to me, I think I am going to be spending time finding ways to bring Pooh and his friends back into this classroom.
Or maybe I have in a small way already.
The reading is quite advanced I think for today's 3-5th grade readers but his wisdom important for today's children. As I reflect on the current conditions in education and my unique program, I realize I could use him as my mentor teacher about now.
Maybe today is a good day to reflect on Pooh's wisdom.
" Life can be surprising. Don't just expect the unexpected. Embrace it."
I always tell the children 'Stay Curious'
“Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.”
I always tell the children 'Just pause and notice.'
“Promise me that you will always remember that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think”.
“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
“The things that make me different are the things that make me.”
I always tell the children 'You are amazing just be you.'
"Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
I always tell the children 'Look for the good. There is always a small thing.'
“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.”
“If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”
I always tell the myself 'Listen, Be Still. Notice. "
Ahhh to be sitting with Pooh.
Welcome to my classroom!
I am passionate, a little bit quirky ( some may say a little bit more) and dedicated to serving children with Autism. These young people have touched me deeply and have made me a better teacher & hopefully person. I want to share what I have learned that allows these beautiful children to grow & sometimes thrive in my class.