At dismissal time, we teachers typically accompanied our students to the door and saw them off, leaving us gathered informally in the lobby when the students left. Some of those chat times were quite rejuvenating as one or more of us shared tidbits from the day. Sometimes a teacher dashed back to the classroom to get a student’s composition or art work that she just had to share with someone else because it was so well written. Sometimes a teacher shared an idea he was cooking up for a project or assignment. Sharing it helps you to envision it better, and also invites your fellow staff to ask you later how it turned out. Informal chat times can be as valuable as the best-planned formal staff meetings–in their own way. It does take discipline to not have them eat up too much of those valuable minutes between dismissal and teacher-going-home time.