Preamble

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This post is part of SoCS: Prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “—amble.” Add letters to the beginning of “-amble” to make another word.

Little Kevin hesitantly tried to approach me on “Meet the Teacher” evening. He circled me and went away when he saw me talking to other parents. I could see that he was trying to reach me but was waiting for an opportune moment.

Finally, most of the parents had left, and Kevin’s mother was busy putting his school supplies in his tote. I smiled at Kevin and beckoned him, and he approached me shyly.

“Hi, Kevin. I am so happy to have you in my class. Do you like our classroom?” I asked him to put him at ease to talk to me.

Kevin looked around to ascertain that no one was watching him and said hi.
Then came the preamble! “Ms. U, I want to tell you something, so you know now and don’t expect anything from me.” I wondered what could an eight-year-old have to say that needed such a serious preamble?

I had read Kevin”s student file and was impressed with the glowing comments of his previous grade teacher. What could Kevin possibly tell me that was not in his file. I was curious to know.

“You see, Ms. U, I don’t like Math. It is a difficult subject, and I am not good at it.” Kevin blurted out! So, this is what his serious preamble was about then!

I smiled inwardly at this lovely, little, lad and his warning for me not to expect much from him as far as Math was concerned.

Now, it was my turn for a matching preamble. Hiding my smile and in all seriousness, I asked, “Kevin, what is 2 + 2?” He answered, ” four.” “Ok, what was 2 + 2, yesterday? I enquired. “Ofcourse, it was four”, quipped Kevin. “What will 2 + 2 be tomorrow?” I continued. “Four again”, he answered. Kevin was baffled, not knowing where this Q & A session was going.

I put my arm around his shoulder and said, “You see Kevin, Math is precise, therefore, easy and fun because 2 + 2 will always be four. I am sure you are going to enjoy Math in 3rd grade.” Kevin looked thoughtful for a while, then whispered, “3+3 will always be six and …. 4 + 4….”

The conversation that started with a serious preamble ended with an acceptable solution for Kevin. Although he struggled at first, over the year Kevin began to enjoy third-grade Math (including fractions, long division, imperial and customary measurements, and much more) and got good grades.

PS:
At the end of the school year, Kevin came up to me, smiled broadly and said, “Ms. U, you were right. Math is fun and easy because 2 + 2 will always be four.”

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS July 2, 2022

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