I don’t know how I missed it, but I was introduced to this book this week, and it should be given to all new Primary teachers! “Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!” was a book started by Dr Seuss, and finished in his style based on his drawings and notes.
It is all about celebrating individuality and creativity and teaching kids to THINK for themselves rather than go to boring Flobbertown school, where everyone is the same.
I don’t want to be a spoiler, but it is announced that every student at every school must sit the same test, to check what they’ve learned and see which school teaches best. What happens when Diffendoofer students have to sit the same test as everyone else at every other ‘normal’ school?
You will have to read the book to find out, but you can probably guess, given the story celebrates individuality and those special teachers we all remember.
Let’s all remember to celebrate creativity and individuality and encourage students to think for themselves.