Each year, I transport approximately 125 kids to and from school every day. Our school year started August 16, or, just a little over one week. It just so happens, that this year I began a new route, this also means, new students and new schools. All this newness was topped off with a brand new bus…Ooh…sparkly! That is a whole lot of, new, at one time, for sure! It generally takes me three days to learn my new route, without using the route sheet, and a couple of weeks to learn all…yes, I said all, 125 students names.
For the first week of school, I ask each of my students, as they board the bus, to tell me their names repeating the process as they exit the bus to go to school. I repeat the same process in the afternoon as they board the bus from school and again as they exit the bus to go home. After the first three days, I attempt to remember each child’s name as they board the bus in the morning. If I cannot, Identify them properly, I ask them to remind me of what their name is. Today, I arrived at the fourth stop on my elementary run, where I pick up four boys.
As I greeted Isaiah, by name, without asking him, he looked at me and replied…
“It’s about time you got my name right.”
I am going to take down my name plate this afternoon and see if, Isaiah, knows my name. 😉