What Teacher Education Programs Don't Tell You
It was time for dismissal. I did my best, organizing my class of 23 1st graders into a line with partners. It's what I was taught to do. Some of them stood still and quiet, listening, while others bounced around, chatting and giggling with each other.
I led them in two lines across the schoolyard to the dismissal area, where they would shake my hand before leaving for the day. I stopped at our "spot" and turned around, expecting to see 23 pairs of eyes focused upon me. But I did not.
The front of the line was intact, as was the back. But the middle chunk was gone. It looked like someone had scooped up a group of my students and thrown them around the yard. They were everywhere, running, playing tag, or rolling around on the concrete in fits of laughter, backpacks tossed midstride. Frustrated and embarrassed, I yelled after them, but my voice landed on deaf ears. I abandoned the line of kids who had walked with me and ran across the yard to chase...
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