It was Friday afternoon, and I had something fun planned. All week, we had been reading a story called "All That Corn" (about how corn gets from the farm to our table). I decided that it would a good language exercise and a good writing exercise to compare and contrast unpopped kernels of corn with popcorn. (With a tasting too, of course!)
I had secretly popped a bag of popcorn right before picking up my six students for Language Arts. Once we finished our other activities, I pulled out an unpopped bag of microwave popcorn (still in its' plastic seal). Everyone got really excited and "Miguel" asked: "We eat it now??"
"Right now?" I prompted. Most of the other kids were like: "Nooooo!" but Miguel just kept nodding his head. I ignored the five others, who clearly knew that it needed to be cooked first, and zeroed in on this teachable moment with Miguel.
"You want to eat it right now?" I said as I started opening the plastic wrapping.
"Are you sure you want to eat it right now?" I tore open the top of the bag and poured some corn kernels onto a paper plate.
I pushed the plate full of hard, dry corn kernels toward Miguel among the chorus of "Noooos" from his classmates.
He looked around defensively, then declared "I will eat it!"