Jada (4th grade) was being her usual grumpy self, so I decided to do something about it.
I took her to see Elaje (3rd grade) Elaje is a very grumpy 3rd grader. I pulled her out of class for a second.
MR. BOWERS: Hey, Elaje, Jada here is having a bad day, could you tell her a joke or something to maybe entertain her or something?
ELAJE: (folding her arms and putting on a very grumpy face) I CAN'T ENTERTAIN ANYBODY! (she stomped back into class).
Jada's mouth dropped, she couldn't believe how grumpy that little girl was!
Next, I introduced Jada to Kheyana. Kheyana (5th grade) was the grumpiest 4th grader last year, but this year, she has been praised for her turnaround. She is usually smiling and gets along with everyone better.
I asked Kheyana to tell Jada what turned it around for her. She said her mom did it with this advice:
-What do you have to be GRUMPY about?!?
-You have wasted your whole 4th grade year being grumpy!
-Your face is gonna stick like that and you're gonna be an ugly adult!
Jada smiled immediately.