Mrs. Goin was something special. Not only did she get her fourth graders truly excited about learning math and science, but she was also a phenomenal storyteller. Many an afternoon right before lunch or after recess, Mrs. Goin would settle Room 4A down by spinning a magical tale of her own creation. As an adult, I can look back and see that the subject of the stories – the bear who took up residence in her bathtub, the boy who kept a chicken croquette in his mouth while he slept – were not themselves all that complex. But it was the way she pulled the narrative thread – the dialogue, the images, the sensory details – that had 24 squirrelly kids stop poking each other and sit, enraptured and open-mouthed, hanging on her every word.
Mrs. Goins of the world, we salute you! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all educators, everywhere.
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