Teachers never know when a student is going to connect something she or he has learned with something else. It’s often a surprise when it happens.
Today my seventh-graders and I were reading from Scott O’Dell’s Sing Down the Moon, and came across this sentence: “Soon after the moon set we halted and made camp.”
“What does halted mean?” I asked. “Can someone give me a synonym?”
“Halte!” J-Boy shouted, remembering a foreign word from our reading of Number the Stars last year. (It was a book that all the sixth-graders, including J-Boy, professed to hate because they said it was boring.)
“Exactly!” I said. “Halte is the German word for Stop! It’s like our English word halt—which also means stop. To halt and make camp is to stop and make camp. Good job, J-Boy!”
Connections. Sometimes students make them and sometimes they don’t.
But when they do, it’s an occasion for celebration.