Slice of Life Tuesday is hosted by Stacey and Ruth at Two Writing Teachers
Sixth graders are such creatures of habit. For all their goofiness in the hallways and (sometimes) during class, and for all the chaos that they seem to thrive on (witness what goes on in the lunch room) they do like a certain certitude and sameness about some things...like our classroom. Anything new: a poster, a new pencil sharpener, a set of dry erase boards, these are instantly noted and then everyone has to have their say. There is a period of adjustment that needs to take place.
Last week, I scrounged up a new book case from some corner of our building, bought three new reading cushions and added a new rocking chair to our reading area - all on the same day. My kids were in shock.
They gathered around the book case first, exclaiming about its presence: "Woah, that's new!" "Cool, but it makes the room look.... different." "Huh, a book case. Didn't we already have book cases?' "That's new, right Mrs. Smith?!" It seemed as though some time would be needed for everyone to fully accept this new book case.
Then they moved to the reading area, and, once again, there was much discussion and exclamation. Also, there were a lot of questions about why the new cushions, why they were the color red, and why that particular type of rocking chair. Needless to say, everyone had to have a go at trying these out, commenting on their degree of comfort, and offering advice about its placement. Apparently, these items, too, would take some getting used to.
By the time our block class was over, though, all these items seemed have been accepted, even embraced. Post-its were placed on the rocking chair to claim sitting-rights the next day. The cushions were stowed away in known-only-to-the-stower nooks and crannies for the same purpose. Change came to room 202, then things went back to normal.