Today, I was able to spend some time in Ms. Anderson's 2nd grade classroom. We talked about interrupting and how it makes others feel when we do it. In the story, a young boy named Louis struggles with interrupting others. When Louis interrupts, he says it is his "volcano erupting" and that his "important words HAVE to come out!" When Louis has an opportunity to present in front of his class, he is interrupted by other students who are blurting out. He feels hurt and upset by this. His mother reminds him that "they might have volcanoes in their mouths too." Louis learns some strategies to keep his words in when he feels his volcano erupting: biting down, breathing in, and waiting his turn. Ms. Anderson's class came up with other strategies as well: having a quiet hand, taking deep breaths, sharing the words with someone else, and doing something to entertain themselves while they wait. We also discussed situations where it may be okay to interrupt the adults, such as: if someone is hurt, if there is a dangerous situation, etc.
Students are asked to ask themselves the following questions to decide whether it is an appropriate time to interrupt:
1. Is someone in danger?
2. Is someone hurt?
3. Did I try to solve the problem on my own?
4. Am I minding my own business?
This book was a fantastic tool to use with the 2nd graders and they truly enjoyed sharing their own thoughts on the subject. Another great day of learning here at PG!