Yesterday I was the student, today, the instructor. Safety town, is an opportunity for children entering kindergarten, first or second grade to come together and learn about safety. Fire safety, bike safety, and school bus safety. Representatives from the sheriffs, police, and fire departments, as well as school representatives, student helpers and transportation come together to present incoming students with helpful safety tips to keep them safe at home, outside, at school, and on the school bus. I bet you can never guess which section I was teaching. If you guessed school bus safety, woo…you get a gold star! My portion of the program is presented on the last day of the session. There are two sessions a day, broken down into three separate groups in each session, to keep the groups small and manageable.
About three years ago, my coworkers and I produced a school bus safety video. This was our first attempt at creating a project like this for the district to use as a tool to help teach our K-3 school bus safety program. Before this video was created, we used a video that was created in the early 90’s. This was by far, our biggest motivating factor for wanting to create something new. Umm…yeah…that video was…creepy, not to mention it was VHS…yep…VHS.
My first group of students arrived. I instructed them to sit on the floor in front of the TV so we could watch a short school bus safety video and to pay close attention because I would be asking them questions at certain points during the video, after which we would take a walk out to the parking lot and hop on my school bus for some additional instruction on safety features of the school bus.
Not long after the video started, the children would notice that I was also participating in the video. They were quick to point this out. It was not long before a host of comments were hurled my way. Many of those comments are too cute not to share. The following are some of my favorites from throughout the day.
“Is that you on the video?” asked a child
“Yes, it’s me.” I replied.
“But…you’re here…how does that work?” He asked in return. After pondering his own question, he added. “Did you video record that…or what?” The video was playing the entire time this conversation was taking place. You know there is a lot of learning going on there!
From another class…
“Is this video almost over?” Asked one child.
“Not yet, It just started.” I said.
“This video is soooo long!” He lamented. Folks, the video is 8 minutes and 7 seconds long. I knew we should have edited out those extra seven-seconds of footage. Yep, we really dragged out the content of that video to 8:07 of pure torture! When the video finally ended, he had this to say.
“Is it finally over?” He asked.
“Yes.” I replied.
“Well, that’s a relief.” He said.
And from yet another…
“Is that your husband in the video?” A boy asked.
“No, that is not my husband.” I replied.
“Is your husband in the video?” He asked
“No, my husband is not in the video.” I said
“Where is your husband?” He asked
Oh for heaven sake, I thought..At what point did this turn into an interrogation? I think the police officers may have shared a little too much technique training with this group. 😉 It was so hard not to laugh out loud. I was getting the third degree for my husband not being in the video with me…yikes!
And then there was this one, and probably my favorite.
“Is that your daughter in the video?” A little girl asked.
“No, that’s me, I don’t have a daughter.”
I must admit, I wasn’t quite sure how to respond to this question. The video was only taken a couple of years ago. Had I really aged that much? Yikes!
So, there you have it, a snapshot of my day. Boy did I have fun! Their energy, their curiosity, and their humor…weather intended or not, they kept me amused and on my toes, all day long, and they certainly, wore me out!