My first full year of teaching I learned a lot of things. Mostly I learned from my students, though if I confess that now they might hunt me down and send me a bill for services rendered or tuition or however they would charge for having taught me.
That was the 1965-66 school year. My teachers were third and fourth graders plus an hour a day of 9th & 10th graders (algebra). I felt old, but was only 22, then had my 23rd birthday halfway through that school year.
One of my favorite games that year was Silence. I came up with games to help us all survive. “Silence begins when you cross that line.” And they were silent after crossing that line. At the time I figured it was because I had the best kids in the world. I did. But it was only a partial list because each year I got another batch of best kids. By 1975 I must have used up all the best kids, so I retired from teaching.
A wonderful fact … I have students from that 65-66 year … all the way through to my last year of teaching as Facebook friends. I love seeing their thoughts, their kids, grandkids. But Facebook will be the subject of another musing.