Mailbox, Pinwheel, Backpack, Floor

18 10 2010

Picture this:

It’s the end of the day.  5 minutes left.  28 six year olds as squirrelly as can be.  You are trying to regain their attention for long enough that you can get them packed up and out the door.

My plan:

Be fun and entertaining!  I tell them they need to get their papers out of their mailbox, (as they do everyday) stop and pick up the pinwheel they made in art class, (strategically placed next to the door) pack their backpack (again, just like everyday) and then sit back on the floor.

I begin chanting, “MAILBOX! PINWHEEL!  BACKPACK! FLOOR!”

The first graders join in: “MAILBOX! PINWHEEL!  BACKPACK! FLOOR!”

“Just the girls!” I say.

“MAILBOX! PINWHEEL!  BACKPACK! FLOOR!” the girls reply.

“Now the boys!”

“MAILBOX! PINWHEEL!  BACKPACK! FLOOR!” shout the boys.

“Just Kara!”

“MAILBOX! PINWHEEL!  BACKPACK! FLOOR!” Kara says.

(Yes! They’ve got it!) I think.

“Just Cody now!”

“MAILBOX! PINWHEEL!  BACKPACK! FLOOR!” Cody shouts confidently.

“Show us Cody!”

“You’ve got it!” Cody smiles as he gives me a double thumbs up and double clicks his tongue at me.  (He’s REALLY cute!)

The class and I watch anxiously as Cody jumps up, looks back at us to give us one more thumbs up and then bounds out the door.

Mission accomplished?

Class entertained?  Yes.

Focused and listening to directions?  Questionable.

(Luckily, the rest of the class realized Cody’s error and was able to pack up correctly!)

 

 

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19 10 2010
Aunt Joani

Lesson learned, next time close door, and stand in front of it!

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