J. was the first student to arrive. He came in the classroom door and called out, “Good morning, Mrs. Hogan!”
“Good morning, J, ” I answered, “Are you ready for a great day?”
“Yes, ” he replied, “I’m going to make a new friend today.”
“You are?” I asked, smiling, my day already made.
“Yes,” he said firmly, “I don’t know three girls in our class still.”
“Do you have a plan?”
“Well, I was going to ask you. It’s been so long since I made a new friend. I had a plan last night, but I forgot.”
Our conversation continued and J. remembered and fleshed out his plan. He would wait until recess and then ask a mutual friend to bring one of the girls over. Then he was going to say, “Hi. I’m J. What’s your name?”
Don’t you just love this kid?