Getting to listen into kids' conversations with each other.
I usually pull about 4 kids into the hallway to paint on the mural at a time, then we rotate groups about every 15 minutes so everyone gets a turn. Once I get paint and paintbrushes in their little hands and get them going on a spot to paint, I shut up and just listen. I'm often amazed, grossed out and/or totally amused by what I can hear sometimes. For example, the following conversation by a few of my 4th graders today:"Have you seen that show, 'My Strange Addiction'?"
"Yeah. Did you see the one about the lady who has to sleep with a hairdryer in her bed, turned on?"
"There's lots of crazy people in the world."
"Yeah. Most of them live in San Francisco."