I've never doubted that consistency is important.
For my students.
Our class schedule hangs prominently on the wall. Updated daily and referred to frequently.
But today I was given a gentle reminder of how important consistency really is...
I, like many teachers do not like to be absent from school. Not just because of the sub planning and laying out of materials, but also--I LOVE my job and the students and want to be with them. Every day.
Sometimes meetings happen and I have to be gone. That was today. I needed to leave in the middle of the day. About 15 minutes before I left I started to prepare the children for this transition. (In my head not a big deal--the sub is a regular worker in our room, she knows them and they know her. And I know she will do great, the kids will do great.)
Pretty quick I had a friend standing next to me. For ten minutes he was holing onto my jacket, moving as I moved. Then he left. wrote something on a paper and brought it back to me.
It was a picture of him.
He really filled my bucket by letting me know that I am important to him.
I hope he also knows how important he is to me.