Sunday, April 15, 2012

Everything is HARD.... (and KPM Doodles Giveaway reminder)

Everything is HARD... until it is easy.

This and the Staples Easy Button are not my idea. I heard it several years ago at our local regional reading conference. I do not remember specifically who it came from, but I do not want to take credit for it when I know better. :P

I have a discussion with my students that goes something like this. "Everything is hard... until it is easy. Almost everything we do is difficult until we learn about it and practice it. Then it becomes easier. Then with more practice, over time you don't even think about how to do it anymore. It is automatic for us... it is easy. When we were little babies, we didn't know how to walk. We learned how, we practiced a lot, and we don't think about it anymore because it is easy for us. The same thing is true for almost everything we know how to do well." We talk about many other things, about how things that are easy for me used to be hard to do, and about the learning they are going to do in first grade. I also encourage them with the idea that just like all the other things that are "easy" for them to do now, hard concepts for them can be learned and with practice and time can become easy.

Enter the Staples Easy Button.

I choose a concept that I want to encourage the students with and when they reach a certain level of mastery, they get to push the Easy Button.

The class loves to hear as the button proclaims, "That was easy." Photobucket

Also... the giveaway looks like it is going to have very great odds for the few people that have signed up so far! Oh... and that collective 100 followers between Over the 1st Grade Rainbow and my blog has become a success! (We only needed one more.) Now onward to whatever the future may bring!


  1. That's a great quote. I think I might need one of those buttons. I tell my kids, "Smart kids aren't kids who know everything. Smart kids are kids who aren't afraid to try." I think it goes well with the quote you use. Thanks for sharing.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. After the reading conference there was a run on Easy Buttons at the local Staples. :) Hearing your great quote makes me think that we should start a thread of people's favorite "teacherisms".

  3. I love this idea!! Now I'm going to have to get me an EASY bustton. I like the way you explained this concept to your class. Thanks so much for sharing and I'm a new follower.

  4. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I'm your newest follower on yours as well. Looking forward to reading more! Easy Button = great idea. :-)

    Confessions of a Primary Teacher

  5. I just found your blog through Connie at Welcome to First Grade Room 5 and Tammy's comments there. I love the way you use the easy button. Thanks
    Mrs. Goff's Pre-K Tales