Teacher Favorite Management Ideas
Reagan posted about how little we teachers get to chat it up with a pal while we are working.
We were just talking about this at work the other day. In the first school I taught in we didn’t have walls between our classrooms. Nope. We had file cabinets, shelves, roll away closets. And, well, anything we could shove between our rooms. It was the 70’s “open concept classroom” plan. (NO, I didn’t teach in the 70’s – the school was just old!)
OPEN CONCEPT CLASSROOMS
It looked quite a bit like this. This isn’t my room, nor my old school. Just a pic I found using Google search.
What we didn’t appreciate was that we could talk to each other – a lot. We could call each other into our rooms no problem (we always left a little person-sized gap between our makeshift walls). Gotta go to the bathroom DURING class? No problem, next door neighbor teacher friend had it covered! We could stand between 2 rooms and handle it all.Boy, did we complain. A lot. HOW could they expect us to teach without walls? We took so much for granted then. Yes it definitely had its downside and I wouldn’t want to go back to teaching without walls. But…
Then we moved to our new beautiful school. We had cabinets, storage, gorgeous brand new rooms with doors and walls you could staple into. We were so excited.
Then the first day of school came and we realized we NEVER saw each other! We couldn’t share something with each other whenever we wanted. There was a complete shift in our teaching dynamic. It was a HUGE shock to our systems, peeps! It took so long to get used to those walls that we had previously wanted so badly.
Be careful what you wish for. That’s the lesson in that story. Yes, the rooms are quieter (well until they upped the kid count to 30 – but ya know what I mean). No I don’t have to worry about disturbing my neighboring teacher with squeals of glee or my loud voice – but I miss the daily, continual camaraderie. Now there are plenty of days that go by without interacting with a single adult. It’s definitely a different work environment.
Yay for teacher blog-land! I was happy that Reagan suggested we all need a Hall Pass so we can sneak away and just chat it up a bit. Just ‘cuz.
chimes, music and sounds
Bloom’s Quick Cards
FAVORITE SANITY VICE
I loved this Hall Pass linky party. Do you all have hall passes?
We don’t have halls. So we don’t have hall passes. We have outside, cement quad areas. The door opens and we are outside. We don’t say “No running in the halls. No talking in the halls.” It’s more… “if there’s concrete under your feet, no talking, no running.”