Early last month, the Mrs. got an email from our youngest son's school.
Little boy qualifies for extra services, so part of his day is spent working on specific skills with graduate students. The email was from a Masters-level student who had just started working with our son, Luca, the previous week.
GRAD STUDENT EMAIL TO MRS. SLAMDUNK
Your son did well on all of his assigned tasks today, but I did want to let you to know about one concerning exchange.
I asked him: If a stranger offered you candy Luca, what would you do?
He said that he would take the candy.
We then talked about never accepting things from strangers and to immediately tell a parent, teacher, or other authority figure.
I wanted you to know so that you could reinforce this lesson at home.
MRS. SLAMDUNK's REPLY TO GRAD STUDENT
I appreciate your concern and for working with Luca, as he always has good things to say about his time there.
In his defense, I do want to remind you that on October 31, Luca dressed like a cowboy and then walked for more than an hour around the neighborhood accepting candy from dozens of strangers.
It was a Happy Halloween…
GRAD STUDENT's REPLY
Oh my gosh! I totally forgot! Sorry.
Writing papers and taking tests can be beneficial, but learning via a practical situation (especially getting bonked in the head with a teaching moment on the importance of context) is a lesson not easily forgotten.
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