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Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Brett
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I've heard some teachers say that walking in a line is an outdated concept, and that adults don't walk that way. It's human nature to chat and socialize as we walk. They obviously have to teach their kids to do this successfully.

Has anyone implemented this in their own classroom?
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Thursday, June 04, 2009
flickerbright
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While subbing at a preschool, we would quietly act as a different animal etc. down the halls- while standing up of course- it made it more fun for them. We would only do that back from bathroom time. The other times, we would walk in a straight line.
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Friday, July 03, 2009
kiki
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I have taught for 21 years. I ask that the children be quiet and stay behind me. If it is more appropriate to be in a line we stay in a line , if we're walking across the playground, I don't care!
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Friday, July 03, 2009
bananas4keith
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I haven't heard of not having children walk in a line. While I can appreciate that it's human nature to want to socialize, it is also important to learn habits that are courteous to others. While my class may be in the hall between activities, another class may be taking a test. If I were to allow my students to socialize in the hallway, I would be disrespecting the other students and teachers as they work...just my humble opinion, of course! Society does have rules of appropriate behavior, and walking quietly while others are working is definitely appropriate behavior.
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Saturday, July 04, 2009
Jane
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I used to be the one that told everybody that children shouldn't have to walk in lines. Of course, our building was disconnected from the main building and we seldom had to be in the main building. When we were there the children acted appropriately. Then, I moved to another school and found out that all principals are different. And the principal said, "all children will walk in the 3rd square from the wall (floor tiles), with one square in between each child. There will be absolute silence in the halls and in the cafeteria." Talk about a line that stretches from here to eternity. So, there you have it. But, outside, there are no tiles.
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Tuesday, July 07, 2009
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For elementary aged students, not walking in a line would be a disservice to the rest of the classrooms. Young children need the structure of lines and hallway rules not only for their own safety, but safety of others in the hallways and showing respect for those classes that are in session. Young children tend to "forget" that they are in a building and may run or be very loud in the hallway, which are not conducive to an appropriate learning environment. Walking in a line or being in a line is not uncommon in the "real" world, and what we are doing is teaching appropriate social skills for situations outside of the classroom as well. Walking in line is not meant as something punitive.
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Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Jane
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LJ, Everything you say is true and not up for argument. I can only add that sometimes we leave out that we should teach them they are learning that we walk on the right side because that is where we walk in the grocery store and where we walk on side walks and where we drive on the streets. And that we are teach them all the things you saying for a reason. It shouldn't be put out as a command as I stated in my comment. For 23 years I have walked backwards so that I could see my children...I wasn't turning my back on 5 year olds! When they learned appropriate hall behavior then I walked at the back of the line. I have watched as other lines go by with the teacher at the head, oblivious to unacceptable behavior going on in their line. Some of it resulting in serious injury. That might be why Brett tried to start this discussion. I do not have an answer for that problem. I know I keep holding on to the idea that if we treat everyone with kindness and courtesy that is how they will act in return. And now I'm off to see if I can find some fairies in my garden.
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Tuesday, July 07, 2009
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Jane- I've always walked at the back of the line, too because I like to see what's happening while giving the kiddos a chance to make good decisions. I also agree with LJ that respectful hall behavior is a courtesy to other learners.

On the same note, I have the "Star Student of the Week" lead the line and set an example for the other students to follow, and then a "Line Supervisor" walk at the end of the line. Since I walk at the back, I always make it a point to talk about the line, specifically who is doing a really great job so when we return to class, the supervisor can report to the class their findings. Only the positive walkers are named, usually the praise/compliments are enough to curb negative behaviors in line. Everyone gets a chance to be both line leader and supervisor, so it becomes a shared responsibility.
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Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Jane
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Now that is what I'm talking about. What a wonderful job you have been doing!!!!!! My class is directed by the "helping hand". There is a list posted in alphabetical order (by first name) for the children to determine the helping hand for the day and for the order in which they line up. As for our traveling, we have stopping points--I teach them to stop at turning points so that I can get to the corner and watch both ends of the line; we have a stopping point so that we don't exit the building before I can reach the exit door to see each child exit; we have a stopping place half way down our long hall so we can all catch up. But I never thought about having that little person at the end of the line. That puts the responsibility for behavior back in their hands. It makes the discussion so much more beneficial. THANK YOU!
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Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Mrs_Ward
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Thanks, Jane! Hope it works as well for you as it has for me. And along those lines, I hope it works for my new class as well as it has in the past!
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