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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I love this
I am over the moon about this, Beth! Do you follow his blog? He doesn’t write often, but his stories at his crossing are of the best teaching.
I certainly plan to –
and now I am!
The first one I read was posted in January 2018. It is awesome.
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.
Pete, how do I get there?😂 what a terrific thing that would be, eh!
That award is annually granted to many ‘ordinary’ people for good work in the community, and has been given to school crossing people in the past, Steve. 🙂
What a great idea. It’s nice to recognize people for doing good work in their community.
I love this!
Yes, he does! And if I were in England, I would second your nomination. How wonderful of you, Pete.
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.
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.
I’d appreciate that, Jennie. Have a great weekend!
Done! Happy weekend to you, Pete. 🙂
Steve’s post was terrific; I left a response at his blog. I think that people in education gravitate toward others who understand why we do this—it’s ALWAYS about the kids.
Yes, YES! And, I knew you would love his post.
I’m now following Steve and I loved this one, Jennie.
I’m glad, John. If you go back to his blog post in January of 2018, “How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck”, which is actually about Pavarotti and much more, you will see where I was blown away. Every teacher needs an idol, right?
A do writers. You’re mine.
I totally agree to Pete. Michael
Wonderful, wonderful…. ❤ I love Steve's posts and positively when it comes to sharing the love with students! xo
He is remarkable, Bette. He just knows and understands children, and loves the challenge of teaching, giving, and making a difference. He’s an inspiration!
He sure is, Jennie!
KLOT! I love that! Looking forward to his curbside stories and wisdom. Thanks for sharing Jennie.
I love it, too! Thanks so much, Deborah. 🙂
Another wonderfully uplifting post from Steve. Thanks for sharing, Jennie. 🙂
My pleasure, Diana!
I think KLOT will become a part of my lexicon–with proper attribution, of course!
A great choice to share, Jennie. I like Steve’s idea of the 1-minute. Hugs on the wing!
Thanks, Teagan. Hugs to you!
So so good. Thanks for sharing ☺️
Thank you! I felt exactly the same way when I read it.
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.
You are absolutely right. Isn’t it wonderful?
Absolutely! I have found that some of the biggest impacts come from the smallest of interactions. I have a great group of 6th graders and a lot of them have younger siblings. When I go down to the lower grades to work with colleagues kids I have never met or only seen a few times around school are hugging me and high-five me.
What a great story! That speaks volumes for you and your teaching. Wonderful!
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Really interesting post and useful chat to follow. Thank you.
Thank you, Anna. Steve is a remarkable teacher.