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All That & A Bag of Chips

All That & A Bag of Chips

(aka Crisps – to the Brits)

 I just had to share an amusing story about my summer. Last summer I started teaching Writing and Public Speaking part time to kids from 6-8 and 9-11 years old. This summer I taught a week long Summer Camp for 6-8 year olds and the Public Speaking topic was Confident Self. All the exercises were geared to improve their confidence and self esteem.

I happened to mention the expression “I’m all that and a bag of chips” that a friend of mine used to use all the time. For those of you who may have never heard of this expression, it basically means you are awesome!

In the class, everyone had to do a final presentation saying good things about themselves. This included statements like, “I am handsome, “I am beautiful”, “I am good at chess”, “I am good at basketball”, “I am funny”  and much more.

It was great to see these little kids, some of whom were terrified and barely audible in their first presentations, stand up proud and confident in front of the class and speak highly of themselves.

And what was really amusing was how many of them decided to end their presentations with – “I’m all that and a bag of chips” and even one with “I’m all that and a big bag of chips…. A really big one!!” Too cute.

I have to admit it can be quite exhausting wrangling a room full of kids and I have even more respect for teachers who do this full time.

However, it is so rewarding to see the little guys and girls excel and gain confidence – even the shy and quiet ones – that I guess I’ll have to keep at it for a while.

Stay tuned for more stories in future months about my adventures in teaching.

Leave a comment below about how you are “All that and a bag of chips!”


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