Day 93: Jessica, Fifth grade co-teacher

[ By on February 15, 2013 ]

So, there I was sitting in our cool new node chairs, swaying from side to side.  In science, we had been learning about the human body, more specifically the circulatory system.  The previous day, one of our students, Carly, felt so compelled to share what she knew from her experience with having a brother who was born with a Cyanotic Congenital Heart Defect.  So, what is a Cyanotic Congenital Heart Defect you ask? I wouldn’t be able to tell you had I not listened to this ten year old speak confidently, articulately, and passionately.  Carly explained the difference between how a normal heart functions versus that where the great arteries are transposed and the non-oxygenated blood is pumped straight from the right ventricle to the aorta.  Due to the lack of oxygen, this blood is unable to nourish the heart and body, which physically causes the young baby to turn blue.  Her presentation included a labeled diagram where she was able to point out the parts of the heart she was referring to and answer any questions her classmates had.  How this ten year old managed to explain this complicated concept was beyond me, and I had never felt prouder.  As teachers, we have the opportunity to inspire and motivate the young minds in our classrooms everyday but also to learn and absorb their knowledge as well.  It’s quite amazing how much our students are capable of, enough to make grown adults literally say, “wow!”  All we have to do is sit and listen.


Jessica Kim is newly married and trying to get used to life as a Mrs. Her students are contemplating whether or not to still call her by  her former nickname “Slim Kim,” or call the new Mrs. Pak “Six-Pack.”

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