I assigned lockers to my homeroom yesterday afternoon. Now, at our school, 5th grade is the first year that they GET lockers, so this was Christmas, the 4th of July and Halloween all rolled into one. Seriously, they were just GIDDY.
In middle school, the locker-assignment process takes about 15 minutes. In 5th grade, it was a bit more involved.
"Now, how many of you have never opened a combination lock before?" I asked. Last year, there were a couple in each class.
This year, seventeen of my eighteen hands went up. Oy vey.
To make a long story short, we worked on lockers for an HOUR. I took the locks off each locker (because even after I drew a diagram on the board and thoroughly explained, most of them still couldn't do it) and brought them back into the room, where each student sat down with his or her lock until he/she could successfully open it. You should have seen the look on their faces when they got it, too. You'd think they were curing cancer in Room 234.
"Miss K!!!!! I did it!!!!! Here, watch!!!!!!"
I heard that about 82 times (because each child had to show me many, many times).
I keep forgetting that in 5th grade, I have to take a giant step BACK and show them EV-ER-Y-THING.