Sometimes, they teach us something we didn't know.
I was teaching a lesson on emotional competency. The aim was to understand and be competent with your emotions and the natural rise and fall of our levels of happiness. I asked for volunteers to come forward and point to the word they felt was most important. This boy felt "continue" was the word that struck a chord with him. Doing the same thing over and over seemed to be the source of frustration.
He took it to heart.
Most of us do.
Bear in mind these kids are 11.
Depth of meaning is not the possession of adults. If we think that intelligence, creativity and maturity only belong to adults we are robbing ourselves of lessons that only a young mind can teach. You see, without a life of experiences, kids see things clearly in ways that we cannot.
If you ask the right questions, the answers will inspire.
Listening - the worlds greatest skill.