Lately, some kids have knocked on my door before school starts
asking if they could retrieve a book, a lunch box, even a retainer [ick!]. And I noticed once they came in, they lingered until the bell sounded to ‘officially’ admit kids into their classrooms.
Yesterday, it was dry when I got to Room 36.
But by the time the kids were let loose to head to the classroom, it was pouring rain. Kids soaked–not a good way for them [or me] to start the day.
And I had an idea…take photos of the drenched kids. I didn’t tell them why, but I figured the shots might come in handy.
After journal time, I made the announcement: Room 36 kids can enter the classroom at 8:00 instead of 8:15.
And I laid the ground rules:
If you want to enter early, just come straight to the room. No need to attract attention.
- Once you’re here, school work comes first.
- If school work is completed, there might be classroom ‘chores’ that are completely optional.
- Quiet conversation is encouraged.
So yes, I should have probably checked with Mrs. Nix first, but this was one of those ‘easier to ask forgiveness than get permission’ moments. And I kept envisioning those rained-on, drowned-rat kids.
We’ll see how this plays out…