Always look toward the bathroom 250

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Looking toward the bathrooms as I walk to my office is a bit like looking into my teenage son’s room as I pass.  I don’t want to look but experience has proven that looking is better than being surprised later.

e.g.

In my glance a couple weeks ago I found a kindergartner running out of the bathroom to wash his hands.  Pants around his ankle, but tighty whities snug and safe.  “Dude you gotta pull up,” I said offering hand motions to aid the instruction.

Hands still washing he explained, “I can’t do the button, but my teacher will when I get back.”

I helped him out.

About a week later, again, same little man.  Same issue, same run, possibly the same tighty whities, (sweatpants this time) Hands still washing, I offer the same instruction with the visual aids.

“Okay okay but I gotta hurry we are LEARNING stuff.”

How am I supposed to argue with that?

Teaching doesn’t follow a linear path, sometimes you have to repeat a lesson or two.

About 10 days later I was heading back to my office and heard some peers laughing.

Turns out, my kinder man is…mostly… consistent. He is still eager to learn, still running out undone.  Still washing his hands like a pro.  But his has not completely adopted the WHOLE routine.  The tighty whities were down on the ankles.

Teaching doesn’t follow a linear path, sometimes you have to repeat a lesson or two.

Sometimes visual aids are not enough.

 

 

 

 

 

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