So today, I was escorting two first grade classes from my room to meet their teachers, when I heard from the kindergarten playground a high-pitched, "Hi, Miss Cooper!!!"
I looked up to see three kindergarten classes, all lined up for the end of their lunch recess, surrounded by yard supervisors who had just achieved their goal of getting three kindergarten classes to stand quietly in a straight line. I smiled and waved, then put a finger to my lips to let them know they needed to be quiet.
It didn't work.
A few more high-pitched voices called out. "Hi Miss Cooper!" Again, I smiled and waved, then put a finger to my lips...but by now, the greetings were quickly growing in volume to the level of...well, a cacophony of high-pitched voices, each trying to get my attention.
I was silently laughing, and guiding my first graders back to their teachers, when I heard the individual calls stop. Seems the yard supervisors had restored order...and then, sixty kindergarten students all called out at once:
"HI, MISS COOPER!!!"
Again, I smiled and waved, calling out a quick "hello."
I've been working on the concept of a silent greeting with my teenies. It's not sticking. I'd be lying if I said I don't get a kick out of my "celebrity." It makes me smile.