Exploring What is Possible in a Classroom with Mathematics and Children
Chapter 1. Beginnings
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Out in the Hallway
“I didn’t know it was going to be so hard,” the young child said, standing outside of the classroom. Her arms were crossed, her brow furrowed, and her bottom lip jutted out. Her dark eyes met mine. Then she looked away.
“What?” I asked, not sure where we were headed.
“School. If I had known it was going to be like this, I never would have come out.” I bent down and squatted next to her, carefully adjusting my skirt in the process. I placed my hand gently on her back and tried to meet her eyes.
“Come out? You mean come to school?”
“No! I never would have come out of my mom if I knew it was going to be so hard!”
Before me stood a six-year-old girl whom I was just getting to know. For almost two months we had been in each other’s company, and she seemed like she was a bright girl so the schoolwork couldn’t have been ‘hard,’ as she put it. What could she mean?
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