As a teacher of younger children, you never really know what to expect. Children can amaze with their intellect and memory, or leave you marveling at their thought process. Or, they can choose to simply act as though they forgot how to think, leaving you in stitches and bewildered.
A few years ago, while working with a third grade class in reading and writing, I organized the class into small groups called a circus skills workshop. Like a three ring circus, the groups had three stages to complete a story. At each stage of the workshop, they were instructed to complete a different phase of each groups fictional story.
I noticed one group was taking a long time at the “topic ring” and were arguing about something. As I approached them, and asked what the problem was, one of the children turned to me and asked “How do you spell P.E.?”.