The Crossing Guard Chronicles: The ‘One Minute Teacher’

Steve the Crossing Guard imparts his words of wisdom, how even one minute of time is a precious moment in teaching. He knows just how to make a difference, an impact, with only a minute. This post is awesome! From the Curbside Classroom, and the man with KLOT (knowledge learned over time), read on!


If you had one minute a day to spend with kids, what would you do with it, the one minute?

It’s not much time to make a positive impact, is it? Or, is it? Certainly, you’d start with some ‘greetings and salutations’*. That’s a positive. But what would you do with the other fifty-five seconds, or so?

Would you draw attention to the dawning of a new day with all its trimmings: a late full December moon hiding behind tall pines; the ‘morning star’, planet Venus, sparkling like a diamond until it surrenders to daylight; birds signaling réveille with chirping and tweeting? There is much to enjoy and learn by looking and listening, and we do that at the ‘Curbside Classroom’, even for just a minute

Maybe you’d tell them about a day in history, or a famous person? Try the remarkable story of Teddy Roosevelt’s brush with a would-be…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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48 Responses to The Crossing Guard Chronicles: The ‘One Minute Teacher’

  1. beetleypete says:

    Steve knows what it takes, and how to make the best of those few precious moments when he has their attention. If he was in England, I would nominate him for an award, something like our M.B.E.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. petespringerauthor says:

    I don’t remember if I met Steve through you, Jennie, (the old memory isn’t nearly as reliable as it used to be), but I sure am so glad to know him. The support staff at a school is a crucial component. That most definitely includes caring crossing guards such as Steve. Like all excellent educators, he knows his most important role is to ensure that the children feel safe and loved.

    • Jennie says:

      I think Steve should repost his blog post that knocked me off my socks. I don’t know how I stumbled upon it (old memory here, too), but thank goodness I did. He is the teacher I want to be, strive to be. Really. It was a fellow blogger of mine that dubbed his teaching “The Curbside Classroom”, and it stuck. Honestly, he is light years beyond a crossing guard. I will email you that blog post. Thanks so much, Pete.

  3. I’m now following Steve and I loved this one, Jennie.

  4. I totally agree to Pete. Michael

  5. Wonderful, wonderful…. ❤ I love Steve's posts and positively when it comes to sharing the love with students! xo

  6. KLOT! I love that! Looking forward to his curbside stories and wisdom. Thanks for sharing Jennie.

  7. Another wonderfully uplifting post from Steve. Thanks for sharing, Jennie. 🙂

  8. I think KLOT will become a part of my lexicon–with proper attribution, of course!

  9. A great choice to share, Jennie. I like Steve’s idea of the 1-minute. Hugs on the wing!

  10. Barry Whelan says:

    So so good. Thanks for sharing ☺️

  11. TeachLife says:

    It is genuinely amazing the impact that people who a student sees a few minutes a day has an impact on their life. This is the same for lunch personnel.

  12. annadusseau says:

    Really interesting post and useful chat to follow. Thank you.

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