My first year of teaching high school, the kids would do two things in particular that really annoyed me:
- Pack up early.
- Line up at the door.
The other day I noticed a kid (who had transferred to my class just days before) pack up seven minutes before the bell rang. I told her she needed to get her stuff back out and that she could pack up at 1:13, two minutes early. She agreed to the rule. But I was reminded in that moment how important this rule is. In my first year, I felt like the kids just packed up earlier and earlier every day. Not ok.
That's all. Totally simple but totally helps me keep my cool.