Clark the Shark: 03/01/16
Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale is a book about learning when to use the inside voice. Clark is a very enthusiastic shark. He loves school. He loves play. He loves his friends. He tends to get carried away and cause a disruption.
Maybe Clark is a sign that the times are changing. Children from the 1980s until recently were often medicated for hyperactivity as it was once called and later ADHD. But maybe just maybe kids are naturally boisterous and maybe, especially in the lower grades, loud enthusiasm should be embraced and harnessed for learning.
Clark's teacher doesn't send him home with a note to see his pediatrician. Instead she uses a rhyming mnemonic to remind him when to be quiet and when to not. But part of me still bristles, thinking the inside voice thing, especially among children is a lingering effect of our Puritan roots.