What’s a well-known hallway transition that has been around since the beginning of time? Have students pretend there are bubbles in their mouths as they walk quietly down the hall. Has this idea been around forever? Yes. Are there more unique and creative ways to encourage quiet behavior when walking in the hallway? Yes. Is it harsh and constraining? That’s up to you to decide.
Yesterday, I came upon a tweet denouncing the method as disrespectful to children. I saw criticisms about it “being oppressive” and “enforcing silence.” But aren’t we trying to enforce silence in the hallway? It’s five minutes, at the most, while children are walking by other classrooms. I don’t think any of us advocate unnecessary silence in school. We want children to play, collaborate, and be creative. But there are so many things we can get upset about in regards to education. Nitpicking everything will send us all over the edge.
- It’s repressive and I would never use that transition.
- I’m not concerned – every once in awhile is no big deal.
- What? I use it all the time and see no problem.