Thoughts on Fifth Grade

The Three Gates (translated from Persian text)

"If you are tempted to reveal a tale
someone has told about another,
make it pass before you speak,
three gates of gold.

First: Is it true?

Then: Is it needful? (In your mind give truthful answer.)

The last is narrowest: Is it kind?

If to reach your lips it passes through these gateways three, then you may tell your tale,
nor fear what the result of your speech will be."

The verse above has a powerful message for 5th graders- this is the age when a desire for intimacy and special friendships begins to emerge…but, like any life skill, at first they are very clumsy at it and feelings can get hurt right and left. I have much to say about this and hopefully I can write something up on it soon!

“Prior to the fifth grade many students (especially the girls) lean in to you. After the fifth grade, they begin to lean away from you, but in fifth grade, they just stand in the upright.” Thus spoke one of my colleagues in a discussion group of 5th grade teachers…worth contemplating…