Expectations with a bit of humor…

It’s hard to believe that many of my friends are just starting their school year this week, as we have been back in the swing of things for a month now. It’s also hard to believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted here, but after what was a year full of challenges and changes for me professionally and personally (move to a new school and a total home remodel, anyone?), I’m ready to kick it back into high gear for an awesome 2017-2018 school year.

Our schedule throughout the day gives our students a lot of flexibility (and “free” time), which means the library is often PACKED. Even though expectations for common spaces were discussed with the student body when we returned from summer, we were already noticing tons of trash and food left behind in the library after breaks. My fabulous library assistant and I are on the same page — we want students to feel welcome, we don’t want to fuss at them all the time, but we also need them to respect the library space.

After yesterday’s morning tutorial (a 45 minute block where we average about 150 students in the library), the library was pretty trashed from Goldfish and cereal. We had talked about making a humorous video to get our point across about this last year, but we never got around to it.

With my schedule open yesterday, it was the perfect opportunity to throw together a quick video to show to the entire upper school student body during afternoon announcements. I prefaced the video with the fact that we love that they feel so welcome and comfortable in the library…we just need them to keep this expectation in mind:

The students were definitely amused, and the faculty even more so. It’s often hard to balance enforcing library expectations while still maintaining positive relationships and open rapport with students. That balance is definitely something I struggle with, but as educators we know how important consistency is for our students. Hopefully, this fun reminder will do the trick (at least for a little while).

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7 Responses to Expectations with a bit of humor…

  1. Christine Stoessel says:

    Terrific! Sends a great message but funny too. Thanks for posting.

  2. Love the video! We have the same issue with food and trash at our school and found that approaching the issue with humor always helps!

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  4. Kristina Carpenter says:

    Hi Tiffany. Great video! I’m hoping the students have been doing a better:-)

    Quick question – what program did you use to make the video?


  5. Gwyneth says:

    OMgosh, hon. LOVE this! Oh, the HORROR! I hate being a nag, too! I just feel torn, like you, from wanting all the kids all the fun all the excitement– just c’mon…tidy up a wee bit, would ya? Sheesh! This is perfect. Probably will steal this brilliant idea. Again!

  6. Sarah says:

    I love this! Great idea.

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