Hello Monday. I open the door and keep the light off. I like the way it's makes my entry into the day ahead a little more peaceful for me. I set my backpack, lunchbox, and purse in their locations. I toss my raincoat inside my coat closet and think, please don't be raining during either recess time today. I turn on my desktop on so it can warm up for my morning message and then I am called. There's a routine that provides a rhythm to my day. It's a few extra steps round the room which increases my daily step count. I take down each student chair from the tops of tables and push them in. Every four chairs is a measure and there are six measures in this routine. This helps prep my soul for the day. It just feels right.
I finally had a teammate ask me one morning why I do this. To be honest, I'm not sure anyone else in my current building does. I told her when I started teaching my colleagues and mentors did it. I look at it now as a way to welcome my students. Having them put down the chairs can be loud. They stagger in with their arrivals stretching out the loud taking down the chair period. Also, the chairs tend to be a bit heavy for little learners. I think it preps the room for the day and is an invitation to the space we share; an invitation to learning. Maybe it's just a sign that I care.
Thank you Two Writing Teachers for organizing this Slice Life Story Challenge.