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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET first day of teaching preschool and was told to have my lesson plans and ditto request form on the director’s desk every Friday by noon. In addition, I was “teamed up” with a teacher who had a timer to tell the children when to “switch” activities, thick rows of masking tape line-up lines all over the floor, name tags on the children, a “think about it chair,” a whistle around her neck, and lesson plans that were laminated from 1975. Giving back what I got was not going to be as easy as I thought. I wondered both aloud and silently where the easels were, wondered why we only had thirty minutes of outside time when the children were often there for six, eight, eleven hours, and wondered why we had to do dittos. I shared a few of my concerns and thoughts with the other teachers, and was told, “Lisa, we have to do curriculum now to get the kids ready for kindergarten! Make sure you send an art project home each day, but be sure not to let them get too dirty — always use the smocks. Make some name tags for the lunch table, and always label your bulletin boards, the parents want to know what they did each day. And, oh, at nap time, never rub backs for more than ten minutes— it throws the lunches off. Be sure to come in from the play yard when your time is up and make sure they don’t have too much ‘center time’— you can’t just let them play all day, face it Lisa, it’s not the 70’s anymore— you better just get with the program.” And because I lacked the strength and confidence to question what they told me, I did what they told me to do. COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL 13