That's where this post comes in. My students thanked our guide, Ms. Hutchinson for the morning. They looked her in the eye and smiled. I heard Hutchinson tell another docent that she had not had a group this attentive and respectful for at least six months. She asked us if we could possibly come back every day.
Entering the dining room, we were told some quick procedures for lunch. Everyone picked up a sandwich, chips, a piece of fruit, and a bottle of water, and proceeded to sit down. I stood to the side so I could supervise while enjoying my own lunch (The sandwich hit the spot.). After a few minutes, I noticed none of my students had napkins. Had they not picked up napkins on their way through the line? No, that wasn't it.
The point it that our higher standards manifest themselves in the nuances. The difference in the Hoggatteer Experience and others in in the details. This was a real-world application for the ideas I've peddled in our classroom all year, and when the rubber met the road, my class succeeded. Did I mention they make me proud?