…by Anura Guruge
Unusual Seating Arrangement For 1st Grade Kids At Alton Central School (ACS), NH — August 29, 2012.
They Changed The Seating In Alton Central School (ACS), NH, 1st Grade Kids At. Yippie! — Sept. 7, 2012.
When Teischan got back from school on Friday I asked her why the teacher had changed the seating arrangement.
Her words: “The kids were fighting … but I wasn’t one of them“. (Yep, she is our ‘angel’ — at school, making up for it, manifold and with vengence, at home.)
Just totally cracked me up. Fancy that. Wow.
As you can see if you look at my last post I was savvy enough not to take credit for this change, though two people told me that it must have been the result of my original post.
I was thinking about this. I need to check with a psychologist, maybe my daughter who will have a Master’s in Forensic Psychology in a few months. There must be a deep down, visceral territorial instinct that we all have that makes us at a minimum ‘restless’ when we are deprived of private space over long periods of time.
So, I have two questions.
1/ As far as I know all teachers, these days, have to have a teaching degree. Don’t they teach them anything about child psychology and even more importantly the basic ‘ABCs’ of classroom setup?
2/ As far as I know and can see, ACS has lot of administrative staff starting with the Superintendent. Didn’t any of them, especially the Principal and Assistant Principal, do a walk through of all the classrooms and have a chat with the teachers about the layout. OK, it is possible that they didn’t appreciate that having 6-year olds, face-to-face, with their noses 44″ apart probably might lead to conflict and disorder. I guess you live and learn.
I am just glad that this got done well before the flu season.