Friday, May 26, 2017
Dismissal is a hectic few minutes with quite a few moving parts for our school. Kids are predictably rambunctious, parents are on the scene, there's the danger of moving cars, someone has always forgotten their flute inside (tying up the entire car line), and there's usually a bus driver who wants to have a discussion about arranging a make shift firing squad line to summarily shoot children until someone comes forward with a full confession as to who has been leaving Blow Pop wrappers on the bus floor.
Dismissal is also a great time to make connections with kids and I try to filter as much of the other noise as I can during this time to chat with kids about their soccer practice, what they thought of last night's hockey game, or about the book they're reading.
John is a 4th grade boy who dresses in nothing but T-shirts which proudly express his fondness for Minecraft. John is one these kids who has amazingly learned how to speak without pausing to breathe. He shifts from topic to topic at lightning quick speeds, all while dancing a whirling dervish and subsequently assaulting classmates with his book bag or art project.
As with many students excited for adult attention, John is unfazed by the challenge of competition. Recently, during dismissal I needed to grab a couple PTA parents to briefly discuss an upcoming event. John located me through the body traffic and came charging up, bull dozing his way into the group.
Immediately he loudly began hot breathed story about his families recent vacation. "... and I had ice cream in a waffle cone!... and we stayed at this really great hotel!... they had a hot tub!....and they had a swimming pool and I swam for like 18 hours..." I smiled gently at the other adults. John was impossible not to like even if his manners needed a little tune up.
"And they had GOLDEN SHOWERS! Wouldn't you love a GOLDEN SHOWER, Dr. Principal?! I've never been in a GOLDEN SHOWER, but my mom went in the GOLDEN SHOWER and then my dad went into the GOLDEN SHOWER. Have you ever been a GOLDEN SHOWER, Dr. Principal?!?"
Um, that's kinda personal, John.