Today was the third full day of school for my first graders and it certainly was a memorable one…
The beginning of a school year can be very tiring–not only for the teachers–but more important, for the kids. There are lots of rules and practices to learn and it’s difficult to get back into a routine after a few months off from school.
I could definitely tell by mid-afternoon that my kids needed a break, so right around 2 pm I told them it was snack time.
I normally play soft therapeutic music in the background throughout the day to set a peaceful climate in the classroom for learning, but during snack time it looked like they needed a little Disco, so I popped in a CD of classic Disco music to lighten up the day.
The kids came alive and one little boy excitedly asked, “Mrs. Savini, are we going to play freeze dance?”
I turned to him, smiled and then replied, “What a terrific idea!”
I laid the ground rules about ‘safe dancing’ and let my fingers walk on the CD player for the music to begin. The first song was Gloria Gaynor’s classic song, “I Will Survive.”
The kids were hysterical to watch and their laughter was infectious.
A few songs later and we were all dancing around the room to ‘Le Freak.’ We were all bonding in a beautiful way that you simply don’t get from just the regular grind in the classroom.
Just as I reached to pause the music for the freeze in our ‘Freeze Dance’ I notice a flicker of a light and the fire alarm went off!
The kids quickly followed procedure that we practiced the day before and headed to the door with our music still rocking on in the background.
We went outside smiling from ear to ear and waited to be called back into the building as patiently as we could.
As we walked into our building we could hear our music blaring from our classroom because the fire alarm was no longer sounding off. The kids looked at one another and then at me and we all chuckled.
My heart smiled because there was a hint of pride beaming from all of my lil’ 1st graders as they turned the corner and danced into our classroom.
They were proud that our room was rockin’ out and I was proud because they were one!
The truth is that our education system has a great deal of pressure right now, but we must always remember that we all learn best when we feel safe, accepted and loved for exactly who we are.
Today, my kids were Disco dancers, tomorrow, who knows…
Lots of Love & Tons of Light,