Friday, July 18, 2014

Backyard Birds

This isn't really school related at all.

Last night, I thought I saw a blue colored bird in our tree out the living room window {the window actually looks out to the back yard} so I went to investigate. Didn't see anything, but I started thinking that the birds were being pretty noisy. Then I saw this guy:

So a little background - a few years ago, my dog was outside and I looked out and noticed these birds were dive bombing her! So I went out to  see what was going on. Well, my loving dog had thought she'd made a new friend. She'd found a baby birdy! {don't worry, this story has a happy ending!} There was this fledgling bird who was apparently taking the big first flight, and instead, ended up sort of fly-hopping along my yard, chased - no I think I should say, followed by my dog, who was being chased by the parent birds. I grabbed my dog's fur with both hands and hauled her into the house. {Which was a bit interesting, because she's like 60 pounds!} And then I watched out the window as the baby bird finally got on the low branch of a bush. The parent birds started doing a low flying swoop around the baby bird, as if to say, "Come on, you can do it. This is how." It was rather fun to watch. The baby bird eventually fluttered up to a higher branch on a tree. And eventually flew away.

Now back to last night - I looked over and saw about 3 birds on my fence and 3 more birds on this black thing I have in my yard. Then I saw some birds doing that low flying swoop and I started looking - and realized this guy was probably on his first flight. I called my hubby out and we watched for awhile. A long while. Then we went inside. And about 5 minutes later, my hubby looked outside and this guy was gone.

But now, I am realizing, I can connect this to school. I want to be like those parent birds. I don't want to do all the work for my kids. I don't want to push them before they are ready. But I DO want to swoop beside them and say, "Yes, you CAN do this. Come on, try!"





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    1. Thank you! Sometimes I I just love the way God makes my brain go!
      Sara

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  2. Sara, I think that is a PERFECT back to school post! I love it! :)
    Carolyn

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    1. Carolyn, thank you, thank you - I feel that is high praise because I just love all your posts! Sara

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  4. Sounds like the kind of story your kids would get if you told it in your classroom too. It's not only what you do for them, but what they can do for each other.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. Ah, Tammy, I love how your mind works! What a good suggestion!
      Sara

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  5. Exactly! "Come on, try" and also.... "This is how it's done." I think modeling is so important. So many times I think that students should know what to do and then I find out that they don't know until I show them, repeatedly.

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    1. Oh yeah on the "this is how it is done" and the modeling - so true on the repeat, repeat, repeat!
      Sara

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  6. Love this story! I agree with you, it is a perfect example of how we should be as teachers.
    Kelly
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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    1. Bloggy friend - my iPad is being super weird!

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