There are times when teachers may wonder, am I making a difference?
The emphatic truth is yes, and the proof is in the morning routine of a kindergarten class in the Keene Independent School District.
Video of the morning ritual shows one student, Asher Bates, greeting his classmates at the door to start the day. Bates stands there proudly leading the routine his teacher put in place at the start of the school year.
Asher and his classmates make eye-to-eye contact, shake hands and smile at each other. Some even lean in for a quick hug.
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"This is something we do every morning to start our day off on the right foot! Every child in my class does this," wrote Asher's teacher, Ashley Coston Taylor. "It’s amazing to see my Littles can do something now that they will use the rest of their life. And hopefully make them better people for it!!"
Taylor, who has taught for 18 years, added, "when I see the direction the world is heading, it reminds me that what I am doing will make a difference! #lovemylittles #bestwaytostartaday #nevertooyoungformanners"
And, it reminds us, if we could only remember everything we learned in kindergarten.