December is a fun and exciting month for students and teachers as they enjoy the three weeks leading up to winter break. However, teachers may sometimes find these December days challenging as they work to manage the extra energy in the classroom.
Two years ago, teachers at Clarkston Elementary School participated in a professional development program, called Llama Training, which focused on classroom culture, climate and student management. The program encourages teachers to be “Fast Llamas” as they successfully manage their classrooms for student success.
“We want all teachers to be fast llamas,” Principal Gretchen Nabi said. “The staff whole-heartedly adopted the idea of referring to themselves as Fast Llamas, and they have had a lot of fun with it.”
Modeling the idea of Elf on a Shelf, the character that motivates children to be on their best behavior for Santa, a former Clarkston teacher created “Llama on the Lledge” to motivate and encourage teachers to continue being ‘Fast Lamas’ throughout the hectic days of December. “Llama on the Lledge” appears in a different spot of the teacher’s lounge with a special message of inspiration that often causes a giggle or two.
What was its first message of the month? To S.M.I.L.E. (Show Me I’m Loved Every Day) of course!