Staff Orientation/Blue Light Special

Discussion in 'General Education Archives' started by AJK, Aug 6, 2002.

  1. AJK

    AJK Pre-k Montessori Teacher

    Apr 25, 2001
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    Aug 6, 2002

    A school where a friend of mine teaches handed out the following poem at their orientation meeting:

    Although this sounds corny, it could be fun....
    just take a minute to read and see how it's done.
    'Tis the time to wish well, to one and all.
    From the faces you always see to passers by, down the hall.
    So look for the door that glows of blue light,
    and you will receive a treat if you get there before night.
    Please however, don't disturb work that is in progress...
    or get really noisy and cause them any stress.
    a quick smile and a "how do?" is all it takes...
    to acknowledge a coworker for goodness sake.
    we're all on the same team, that's how things get done...
    since this person will change hourly, you may be the next one.
    so look all around for blue lights hung so neat
    & enjoy the quick visit during this welcoming week
    As you all know, a "Blue-Light Special" never lasts long.
    So go on & receive your treat, before they're all gone.

    The idea is based on K-Mart's "blue light specials." As the poem explains, they hung blue Christmas lights around the door of a staff member during back to school week. This person was provided with a bowls of popcorn, candy, pens, pencils, etc. to hand out to all who came to visit. They rotated the lights to a new staff member's door every hour or so.
    It sounds like a lot of fun :)
  3. mommaruthie

    mommaruthie Aficionado

    May 2, 2002
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    Aug 9, 2002

    that is such a cute idea. I hope my orientation will be special. ruth
  4. Maxine

    Maxine Companion

    Aug 2, 2002
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    Aug 25, 2002

    For the beginning of the school year, the staff and teachers gather for a spiritual retreat day. This is not a narrow focus on being Roman Catholic, but a time to gather strength from each other and inspiration from our moderator. Last year (my first at the school,) the theme was "The Courage to Teach." And it was based on writings by Parker J. Palmer. One quick quote: "...good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher." enough said

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