I Understand

Last week I was the substitute in a 2nd grade class at one of my favorite schools. As part of the lesson, I was asked to go over some vocabulary words from the story we were to read that day.

One of the words was “understand.”

I had a list of sentences I was to read to them, and if they felt they agreed with the statement, they were to raise their hands.

After a minute or two, we came to the sentence “I understand how a plane flies.” I did not raise my own hand because I do not understand in the slightest what makes a plane stay up in the air.

However, I was surprised to see most of my students raise their hands. I asked one of them to tell me how planes fly, to which he responded “With wings! Duh!”

The confidence and simplicity that he viewed the world with was so innocent and beautiful. Maybe I should try to get some of that back in my life.


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