It seems like it's a dilemma that every teacher faces… every year, and one that needs to be solved.
Now, granted, I don't expect my 2nd graders to be absolutely "perfect" in the hallway, but I do want them to be respectful "citizens" of our school, especially if there are doors open and teachers teaching.
So, you might ask, "What is this Hallway Officer thing you're talking about?"
Well, I JUST thought of it …. today!
What I'm going to do is hire two students to be my "Hallway Officers" to walk alongside our class as we travel anywhere in the building. My plan is to teach them to give a "ticket" to those students who are out of line, or are just being disrespectful. Then, they'll have to pay my "bankers" when we get back to the room. All of this needs to be done rather subtly, as to not make anyone feel bad. That's not my intent with this particular job (or any job for that matter).
This is something that definitely needs some serious role modeling on my part FIRST before I even think of hiring anyone, because I really don't want a lot of tickets to be given out… only in circumstances where it's really warranted.
I have told the students that I will be at the end of the line watching and listening as we travel to and from the various places throughout the day. By the way, we have about 5 or 6 "hand signals" that allow for them to know what my expectations are without me having to use my "loud" voice to give them a direction.
We'll see how this "new job" goes… I will let you know in a future blog about how it works, or if it will cause more problems. If it doesn't work, I just won't keep the job open… but when I asked all of the students who wanted to apply for this new job that I thought of… you guessed it… ALL of their hands went up quickly in the air.
Looks like it might be a popular job.
I only hope it works… because this is a tough one to solve (without using any gimmicks).