I wouldn’t say we had a terrible day today. Not at all. We had an awesome science lesson which, yes, a couple struggled through but overall the group was engaged, working hard to sink blocks of wood with paperclips and rubber bands.
At recess we had an impromptu lesson on worms; how they help plants grow, how they are a living being, how to respect them and take care of them, that we can touch them gently and take turns carrying them.
And then I learned at the end of the day that people feel like my class is going back to the way it was at the beginning of the year and this makes me very sad. I don’t feel like it is. Yes, I am dealing with some students who are really struggling emotionally right now and they are getting out of the room and running the halls or tearing things down in the room but…I just don’t feel like it is the same as the beginning of the year. It makes me sad to hear that others are getting that impression. I have some work to do around being more intentional in my telling other adults my expectations rather than hoping they’ll just do what needs to get done. I also need to fully implement my take a break cards for two students tomorrow. Those are my two priorities for now.