It is almost that time of year when you and your students will be roaming the halls of the school once again. Scratch that…not roaming…walking nicely in a quiet line that impresses everyone else! The secret is four fold. Let’s get into it!
1. Have a line leader
Pick a student you trust to be the line leader. They will communicate with you along the way and they will stop at designated spots. This keeps the line moving but with added stops, you can be sure you are keeping the group together as a whole.
2. Don’t have your back to the line
Rookie mistake (unless you teach the really little kiddos!). As a third grade teacher, it is critical that I don’t turn my back to them. This immediately invites the behaviors I don’t wish to see (or, let’s be honest, hear). I often walk alongside my line to best monitor.
3. Have a line monitor
I love this job! Pick a student to be the end of the line and serve as a line monitor. They lead from the back of the line and spot out the best walker. This keeps things positive and strengthens your line!
4. Practice makes perfect
If things aren’t going well and kids are talking or out of line. Don’t call them out. Just send everyone back to try again. The more you practice, the better they get!
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