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Cornell School is fortunate to have a team of schoolmarms that volunteer their time to provide programming for area school children. Some of the schoolmarms choose to work with specific grade levels. Each schoolmarm team creates their own daily schedules. The Cornell School Teacher's Guide lists several sample schedules that can help provide guidance in your planning for your role as the acting schoolmarm.
Some schoolmarms start the day by:
- Having the students all stand and say "Good morning, Ma'am".
- Roll Call
Jot down first names on a "seating chart", so you can address each student by name. This activity needs to be done as quickly, yet enthusiastically, as possible, because it can become tedious!
- Conducting Shirt Tail Inspection for boys:
Have the lads in each row stand, ready for shirt tail inspection. We all know that properly dressed young men NEVER leave the house without their shirt tails tucked in! Occasionally check for clean ears and posture, too!
- Conducting Fingernail Inspection for girls:
"Mr.. _________ (insert student's principal by name) saw a most distressing thing yesterday. As he was walking through the school, he was certain that he saw a young lady from my class with fingernail polish on! Imagine how horrified I was -- rouge on the fingernails! I suggested that he surely must have been mistaken because we all know that proper young ladies would NEVER be caught in public wearing fingernail polish! So we will now have fingernail inspection. If all the young girls will put their hands on their desks, palms down, I'll walk through the aisles, but I'm certain I'll not find any of my girls with painted nails! (This can really be hammed up.)
- Doing an Inkwell Routine:
Select a boy sitting behind a girl, preferably a girl with longer hair. "John, please stand up. Do you know what these inkwells are for? John was caught dipping poor Mary's pigtails in the inkwell yesterday." Ask for an apology. "I'm sure your father had some words with you behind the woodshed last night! We all know what the inkwells are for and how they are to be used, Today we'll be using paper and pencils instead of ink!" Pass out the copybooks. Direct students how to head their papers, they will now have something to take home with them. You can periodically have them write down a name, a word, a proverb, a date, etc.
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