August 20, 2013
It's only the second day of school, and already some of my kids are cracking me up. The first couple of days we do some community-building ice-breakers. At the same time, the kids are learning my rules, expectations, and general behavioral expectations in the classroom.
Today as we were finishing up our people-search ice-breaker, it was close to the closing bell. I urged the kids to head back to their seats to sit down before the bell rang. I told them that it was one of my rules that if there are students not seated when the bell rings, I don't dismiss them.
Student #1: Why do we have to sit down if we're just getting ready to leave anyway?
Me: Honestly, it's a little bit of a classroom management thing I do because I'm short. If you all start standing up, I can't see what all is going on!
Student #2: She doesn't trust us! Is it because you don't trust us?
Me: Trust you? I don't even know you all yet!
Student #3: How can you say that? We just got to know each other. We just broke ice!
I like these kids already.