… skipping to school?
Part of the dog’s and my morning walk routine involves going by the elementary school that our kids went to. Typically, we buzz by around 7:30 and the only inhabitants appear to be the caretaker, a few eager teachers, and the people at the latchkey program.
When you walk the same path day after day, it’s not hard to pay attention to detail. It would be a long lonely walk if it wasn’t for looking at things and listening to music or podcasts on my headset.
The other day, we noticed a pickup truck stop in front of the school and two students emerged. It was a nice warm (for April) morning so we were a bit surprised when we saw the kids go along the sidewalk into the school. I would have had a seat in a bench somewhere and enjoy the sun! But, one of the students literally ran to the door and the other one followed skipping along. Once the mother dropping them off noticed that they were safely inside the school, she was off.
Now, my background is in the secondary panel and I don’t ever recall a student skipping to get to school. And, the only time I recall seeing any student running was when it was raining and, of course, appearances are everything!
Usually, they come to school like they’re walking the last mile.
So, there has to be a change in attitude somewhere.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic.
- do you ever remember skipping your way to school?
- have you ever seen a student skip to school? At what age?
- what’s the oldest student you’ve ever seen do this?
- do you have a theory as to why attitudes change?
- if you’re reading this blog post, chances are you’re a teacher. Have you ever skipped to school?
- what can schools do to keep the happiness (and the skipping) alive?
I’d be most interest in your thoughts on this topic. Please share them in the comments below.
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