Saturday, September 5, 2015
The Bell Rings...Where's the Teacher?
I'm feeling opinionated this morning. That's not an unusual feeling for me when it comes to teaching though. Those of you who visit often know that all too well. Here's my thought for the day.
One of my consistent practices is that I'm out the door the second the bell rings. I drop whatever I'm doing and away I go. I rarely see evidence that other teachers think this is important, so I'd like to share why I do.
* I don't believe in leaving children unattended. (It's kind of illegal.)
* Things happen when children are in line. (And they're not usually good.)
* I can hopefully prevent potential problems. (It's called proximity.)
* I can begin to prepare them for inside behaviors. (Some classes sure need this more than others.)
* I can use learning time more wisely. (I get my kids inside fairly quickly, because they're never waiting on me. A few years ago, a brand new teacher spent a day in my classroom. At the end of the day, she shared some numbers with me regarding how many minutes I had saved by the efficient way I got my kids inside from recess. It was something like 20 minutes. She acted like she hadn't ever seen this before, while it just seemed normal to me.)
That about sums it up. Thanks for listening to my opinionated post today and all the other days included. :)