Give Kids Responsibility 9.13.16

For those who have been reading, I would like to thank you. For those who just started following or reading the blog, I would like to give you a little background on me as an educator. I am entering my 21st year as an educator, and during this time, I have tried to keep a history of my teaching, but for a number of reasons, it has not been a success. This year, I have a motivator – it will be an objective for my evaluation. This will not be anything fancy, just a collection of events and thoughts of my day. Also, this will not be proofread, so hopefully you will not judge, but rather have a better understanding of my journey as an educator and person.

Today, I gave a kid a job. It was a simple task, but she thought it was filled with excitement. I have done this before with other students, but I have never seen the excitement as she had after completing her task. The task – to collect the library books from around the building. Each teacher in my building has a basket they set outside of their classrooms so I can collect the books. I didn’t have time this morning to get them, so gave a young lady the task of collecting the books. I have an old shopping cart that was donating from a local grocery store, so this is the vehicle used to carry the load of books .  After I told her what I wanted her to do, she repeated it to me to make sure she was doing the right thing. There was not a statement or question that asked her to repeat it; she just did. She headed out of the library with a smile on her face while her eyes went searching the hallways looking for the book crates.

When she returned, the basket was full and the smile was know a full blown look of accomplishment. When I was able to tell her the next set of directions, she listened intensely. Her next task was to “check in” the books, sort them between fiction, easy, and non fiction, and then place them on the cart. This was done without a sound. The focus she gave to the task gave me a sense of accomplishment because I was able to make the young lady happy. When she was done, she rolled the basket / shopping cart back where it belonged. It was time for her class to leave, so I didn’t get much time to talk with her about her newly found job, but I was able to tell her she could do this every library. Now, I’m sure others will want to help, but until then the job is hers.  

As she passed the library today heading to her bus, she poked her head into the doorway and said, “Thanks for the job!” …. she also gave me a “thumbs up.”

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