The Courtesy Seating section of the tour is typically straightforward because the video has been watched and accessibility has already been discussed in the classroom.
Although the topic may have already been addressed, it remains significant as it constitutes an important aspect of the etiquette training associated with using public transportation.
There are a couple of interactive methods to engage the students during this part of the tour.
Sometimes, to make it fun, I will pretend to be an old lady when I get on the bus after they are seated and see if any of the kids will move for me. This gets a ton of laughs and almost always at least one kid recognizes that I need a seat and will get up and give it to me! Then I will say “Thank you SO much wow you are so KIND and COURTEOUS!”
Another thing you could do is ask your BusReady Ambassador partner to act this out. They could say “Excuse me, please” and make their way past you to the courtesy seating area. Same thing as before, the kids will almost always give up a seat for them as soon as they see someone needs it.
If you have a very involved teacher, it’s always a hit to ask the teacher to play an elderly person when they get on the bus. I will ask ahead of time while I’m outside the bus with the teacher, and before they board I will say, “Oh, look, it there seems to be a veryyyyyyyy old person boarding the bus now!” The kids think this is absolutely hilarious as their teacher boards!