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Need your opinions. Is it wrong to celebrate Fridays as the last day of the school week?

Nov 9, 2013 6:04am

I teach in a K and 1 school. My duty in the afternoon is calling the bus numbers over the loudspeaker. Rather than be dry and boring, I have been interjecting things like, "did you have a great day today?" And "give yourselves a 10-finger woo!" On Fridays I say, "it's our favorite day of the week! And I play a 30-second clip of a kid's song, "I'm so happy it's Friday." The kids love it. The trouble is a handful of teachers feel this is disruptive and don't want me to do any "fluff." The straw came when one of them told me it is wrong to teach them that Friday is our favorite day of the week. We should be saying, "we can't wait to see you back on Monday" instead. It sucked the joy right out of me. In response I just called the bus numbers and nothing else. I wanted to cry when kids and teachers alike said, "why didn't you play the Friday song?" I'm just wondering what other teachers think about this. How would you respond if you were me?

  • Other
  • Pre K-2
  • Behavior / Class Culture / Engagement


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    • Nov 9, 2013 6:27am

      At 1st when I read this post, I was asking myself its educational value. Or even if it's an issue at all. And then I realize that it's a non-issue unless it causes disruption in learning! I am assuming that you are making the announcements during the designated frame of time. There's nothing wrong with celebration. But, I wonder if people can get that same verve on any given day besides Friday. Wouldn't that be wonderful? Promotion of a positive attitude on any given day.

      • Nov 17, 2013 5:36pm

        First off, I want to applaud you for bring so much enthusiasm to a school campus. The "fluff" that you were criticized for may very well be valuable to students. You seem like the kind of person that cares deeply for the whole student and not just the brain in the classroom. I would love to be a part of your Friday happy day!

        Personally, I would continue what you started and point out to colleagues that girls just wanna have fun at the end of the day! I don't think that what you do is at all disruptive; in fact, your activities may be keeping a child's attention who would otherwise be causing havoc during dismissal. No matter what, keep that smile on your face. Sometimes in order to meet the needs of kids, we have to persevere through the negative attitudes of adults.

        • Nov 18, 2013 3:19am

          Thanks! I came to that conclusion myself after many children came up to me and said, 'Ms Allison, why didn't you play the Friday song? ". They were terribly disappointed. I followed my conscience and played it last Friday and the kids literally rejoiced.

          • Oct 6, 2014 10:13am

            I think you need to trust your own judgement. No matter what you do, there will be a person ready to criticize. Everyone who works or goes to school enjoys the last day of their "work week" whether a teacher taught them that or not. Rather, you are teaching them that school is a place where we can find joy and humor and teachers who share those attributes. Ten-finger "woo" to you!