We are taught to read the plan. We should know it from cover to cover.
We are taught to practice the plan. Listen for the announcement. Watch for your administrator.
We are taught to remain calm. Read a book to the students. Move them away from the door.
We are taught to watch for suspicious people. Look for odd behaviors, unfamiliar faces.
We are taught to try to keep the activities as normal as possible. We ask our students, “Who remembers what we learned yesterday?”
We are taught all these procedures to try to keep our students calm, our nerves at bay, and the worry lines from our eyes.
When are we taught to tell the outsiders not to jeopardize our sanity?
Just because your day is not going the way you want it to go, does not mean you have the right to change the course of my happy day, my students’ happy day!
Let’s stop and think before we speak! Words can hurt in more ways than one.