It was my fourth year teaching and I literally just came off of the class from you know where. The class I inherited that year was full of a bunch of angels. They were just the nicest group of kids. I could leave the room, and I know they would be fine. (not that I did of course :) ) Anyway, that year went by very smoothly until somewhere near the end of it.
|They all rushed out...not even saying goodbye.|
The realization of what had happened crushed me. Now, if you know me, you know that I am *not* a touchy feely emotional sort of teacher. There is a pretty definite separation between my students and myself. But the lack of ANY tie between my students and my class was absolutely heartbreaking to me. After that day, I went home and decided that things had to change...even in a small way.
The next day, I began one small thing that has stuck with me until this day. I end the day with a personal farewell to each and every one of my students. As my students leave my room, they walk by me and we look at each other and bow. I say something to the students ("goodbye" or "It was nice to see you today" or mention something they did) and my students say something back to me. Simple, sweet, and it doesn't take all that long to do.
What I have noticed by just adding this little end of the day ritual in is that the students feel better connected to the class. They feel like someone is going to notice them at least once in the day...even if it isn't coming from home SOMEONE told them to have a good day and used their name. It gave them a happier feeling, that someone was connecting with them. It gave ME a happier feeling.
So even now, if it is rushed and we have to do a super quick bow or we are on the yard and they all bow at the same time to me....we always end the class connected.
And that is as mushy and touchy feely as you will ever see me be ;) And sorry for the lack of pictures on this one. I don't think you want to see a picture of me bowing ;) haa haa