Friday, November 30, 2007

Motivate this

You know your class is really too large and loud when you don't even notice a big bearded man standing in your room. Subconsciously I probably assumed it was my next new student relocating from Juvie. Anyway, I politely asked him if I could help him and he said that he was checking safety details. Unlike Mister Teacher, I have my room highlighted on my fire escape plan so I was feeling pretty good. Wonder if the guy noticed that it's accidentally inverted and has my kids heading to the custodial closet? Guess not. After perusing my various escape plans taped to my door, he then asked me if I had any motivational posters to instruct students on how to act appropriately towards each other. WHAT? Huh? How does that tie into safety details? Oh darn, I forgot to put up the hanging kitty poster that says, "Be nice, don't call your neighbor a fat cow when she doesn't let you borrow a pencil for the 2,000th time." Luckily the security guy hadn't been in the room to hear that exchange earlier in the day. I looked around my room at the various word wall displays, maps, time lines, giant statue of liberty, calendars, student work and posted TEKS objective and then pointed at my class rules. I'm afraid my expectations of human behavior in the classroom are just going to have to suffice. I just haven't seen that classroom poster that says "Shut up and be nice" yet.


ms. whatsit said...

I would see that visit as a red flag. I'd find out more about who the visitor was and the real reason why he was in your room.

For some reason, "checking safety details" sounds bogus when there are also questions about posters. I'd also contact my union rep for some feedback and advice.

CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

I agree with Ms. Whatsit. Check, check, check! All visitors to our school must wear a prominent badge--for safety reasons.

BTW, where can I get a copy of that "Shut Up and Be Nice" poster?


100 Farmers said...

There were several people up and down our hallway yesterday. I guess it would have been nice to give all of us a heads up.