Red hat, red tie, who’s the new guy?
March 10, 2010
By invitation of Glenshire Elementary School second grade teacher Mrs. Highfill, Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat took on a new persona last Friday: TTUSD Superintendent Steve Jennings.
“I fondly remember reading Dr. Seuss to my own children, the stories are whimsical and nonsensical,” said Jennings. “It’s a pleasure to be here [at Glenshire]. I got into education because of the joy of interacting with kids.”
Jennings chose to read “I Am Not Going to Get Up Today,” and asked students in Mrs. Martin’s, Mrs. Highfill’s and Mrs. Reed’s classes if they might have felt the same that morning.
“When my alarm went off, and I knew I was going to come and read to you, it made it worthwhile,” said Jennings, who previously taught fourth, fifth and sixth grade.
The second graders in Highfill’s class have been studying biographies: How the person made a difference and what character traits they possess. They learned Dr. Seuss was born in 1904 in Springfield, Mass, that he attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and wrote whimsical, rhyming stories to make reading fun.
“There weren’t any children’s books other than Dick and Jane,” said Highfill. “Dr. Seuss made joyful reading.”
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Students in all the classes used their best listening skills, and related to the subject matter: “I don’t choose to be up walking. I don’t choose to be up talking.”
Mrs. Reed, who has been teaching for 25 years, was “tickled pink” by Jennings’ visit. “We’ve never had a Superintendent come in before,” she said.
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