My partner and I were at wits end today in our combined classroom.
Lots of helplessness.
Lots of whining.
Tons of unfinished work.
We have this look we give each other when we know it’s time for what we call a “Chit Chat Paddywack”. It must be quite amusing to witness from outside of our little teaching planet. Yet, every time we pitch our planned lesson out the window to get real with our students, it’s never time wasted. Today we talked about responsibility, taking care of business and that teachers who believe in them won’t give up on them. We also went around the room and had each child say what they wanted to be when they grew up. It got a little dramatic, but I think by the end of our pow wow, they understood that to dream big dreams, they have to actually work and turn in assigned work (starting NOW—because habits are formed early).
Every single time we do this get-on-the-floor-mano-e-mano talk about expectations with them, I realize what an incredibly important job this is. So, so, desperately important that I will toss out the agenda to talk about their futures and look them dead in the eyes and tell them I believe in them with my whole teacher/mom heart. I think they feel the electricity in these moments. I know I do. What do we call these? Teachable moments? They are so much more to me than moments…at this time in the year they propel our class forward and they become 4th graders right before our eyes.
So…what about your class? Ever have a moment when you need to deviate from the script and just talk real talk? I believe it’s one of the most powerful things you can do as a teacher.
Have a wonderful week!