As a teacher in my 26th year, I like to think I have perfected “The Look”. If you are a teacher, especially an elementary or junior high teacher, you know what I am talking about. Heck, if you are a parent, you know what I’m talking about! I am noticing more and more however, that it is quite difficult to effectively employ the teacher death stare while wearing a face mask. Several times today, I attempted the stare, and I realized it just wasn’t working.
Third grade boy: supposed to be reading, but instead connecting his markers to make a light saber.
Teacher: (clears throat) *commence death stare*
Boy: *stares back* *stares back* *stares back*
Teacher: (whispering) “Put. Those. Away.”
Boy: (big sigh) Slowly puts away markers.
So… after that I used the *clear throat/shake head/point to book/computer/task* method. We will see if that works next week. It probably won’t.