Now comes reality... getting on the bus, and going to our next stop. I hear the bus driver call out: "All right everyone, we're now heading for 'Application Station'... if this is your stop, then you're on the right bus."
I'm absolutely exhausted after that first day of school, but I know I need to press on, so I get on, and go all the way to the back of the bus. The amusement park gets smaller, and smaller, and smaller ...
As I take a little nap, I dream of how I'm going to handle it if no one returns their "jobs" homework. It's an absolute nightmare, and I get startled by a bump in the road that shakes the bus. That can't happen, can it? My heart is racing.
In reality, as I get off the bus, I head into my classroom for the 2nd school day. How many are going to hand in their applications for jobs? 10%? 40%? 75%? 100%?
The anticipation is too hard to take. I want to know!!!
On the inside, I hope it's more than 50%, as I had a discussion with them yesterday about how good it is to show initiative, to show that you care when you apply for a job, even if the due date is not until next week (which I always give them about 3 or 4 days to review, and have a chance to hand it in on time before the interviews start).
At the station, I see the other passengers start to come into my room. They file in with smiles on their faces, and I have a huge smile on mine as well. The reason?
88% of the students hand in their homework as they pass me... that's not even due until next week! Eighty-eight percent!
They're all bustling around the room, going through the routines that we had discussed from the first day. It's like Central Station, and it's absolutely awesome to watch them start to grow up ... already! I hardly have to say a word as I told them yesterday to "Ask 3 before me"... and they remembered!
So, the central focus of this blog is: Why do YOU think the vast majority of 2nd grade students do a homework assignment on the 1st day of school, that wasn't even due until next week? (By the way, it's been about the same percentage every year... for 19 years).
At this point, I'd really like some interaction, some reactions, some questions to come from you, the reader. I know what my opinion is, but in reality, it's only an opinion, and I want to hear what you think the reason(s) are.
Also, start thinking about how I'm going to conduct the interviews... as I now have approximately 100 applications for about 50 job openings. Yikes!
How am I going to narrow it down? What am I going to ask, look for, and discuss with the students to make my decision on whom to hire for which job?
I hear the bus station announcer say: "Next stop on our route....Interview Intersection. Bus leaves in 5 minutes."
Definitely don't want to get into any accidents... I hope it's one of those "circular" intersections that lets me go around and around and around ... before I have to make some hard decisions.
Believe me, it's worth it in the long run to take the time and make the correct hire for each of your jobs.
It's probably my favorite part of the whole program, too, and you'll find out why tomorrow.