It was just another typical Friday afternoon. We were working on habitats and getting ready to start a small-group sorting activity. When all of a sudden, the fire alarm goes off. My children made me the proudest I've felt in a long time. They quickly and quietly lined up at our door and waited for me to give the signal to walk out. I grabbed what I needed and gave them the signal. Heading out of the door, I witnessed complete chaos. Children were screaming, running, and not paying attention to or listening to their teachers. My kids - walking in a beautiful straight line, watching the chaos, and looking at me like "what's wrong with all these people?!" They followed me out to the grassy area in the front of the school and waited patiently for the signal to go back in. Other children were talking and playing. Other teachers were having to get on to their children. Even the AP had to reprimand a class. But not me. Not my kids.
I am by no means bragging. But children need to hear this kind of praise and positive reinforcement. I made sure to explain this amazing experience to my students once we returned to the classroom.
This is another reason why I love teaching - you teach and model, hoping they will take responsibility and do what's right. I love my kids!