“Teacher! How long do we have to sit like this?”
“Teacher, when does the other Miss Bunn get back?”
“Teacher, I can’t sit next to her!”
These are not words from a third grader’s mouth. Unfortunately, they are words from the mouths of my freshman and junior students at Nampa High School. I wanted to start the week out with real zest, so I arranged the chairs in small groups. Then I read an email one of my colleagues had sent about an upcoming department-wide activity that requires students to have their knees pointed towards the front of the room. So, I rearranged. This is what the room ended up looking like.
It’s not a bad arrangement. But the change led to these questions.
“When is Ms. Bunn getting back?”
“Why isn’t she getting back until February?”
You change the seats, you own the room. I think the students are worrying about me holding too much power in room 664. I could get used to this idea.