In 4th grade we have spent the first semester doing a novel study on Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. We finished up a couple of weeks ago and the ending led to a great conversation. There is a portion of a poem by Richard Lovelace quoted in the novel, “Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.” We participated in a Socratic Dialogue based on the quote and I was moved by the what the kids had to say. It really made me stop and think about my role as teacher and parent, of the power I have in both of those roles. I had the kids share their thoughts using Google Docs. I hope that you will be moved by the 4th graders perspectives. It is a reminder that we can stand to learn from the young minds around us.