Shel Silverstein! Yes! Love that man and his creative (and quirky) mind. One of my favorite units to teach in 5th grade was the poetry unit at the end of the year. We'd read a few Shel Silverstein poems as the end of each class (after the "only if we work really hard today" speech- these poems were a great incentive for students!) and my students l.o.v.e.d. listening to them. This was our favorite book:
I even found an audio recording Shel made of these poems and we'd listen to those with the lights turned off after we'd packed up our bags for the day. Such a nice way to end the day!
Here's the cd:
But back to the quote... I love the idea that one quality that good teachers possess is being able to still see the world through a child's eyes. I mean, how boring would life be if we didn't all get still get a bit excited to hear the ice cream truck's bell or to splash through that random puddle?
What are some fun, small things in life that still bring you joy?