Day Two (of 184)
In our district, ‘day two’ is the first ‘full day’ of school for our students. This is the day that we see how the students in @sorrento83 ‘s learning community work with the transition into a structured full day.
It’s also the day that we remind ourselves that part of our mission is our schools goal to help all of us ‘know what to do when we don’t know what to do’.
It was empowering to see all of the excited faces of our returning members of our learning community – the adults and children looking at the class lists, checking them twice, and anticipating what there year will be like…..
….and wondering about the new names joining our community. New teachers and support workers. New classmates who have just moved into town…
While there were many excited faces, there were also a number of anxious faces – many putting up a brave front, but some who found it difficult to go into a new lineup…. to start a new year…. because new isn’t always easy.
And yet I’ve done a lot of reading this summer and have some strategies an approaches to learning that are new and will be pushing many (or all) of us out of our comfort zones. Students who worked with me on our ‘genius hour’ have already asked me if we’ll be doing it again (or as I say, continuing it…) but I wonder how we will react to our SOLEs (self organized learning environments) as inspired by Sugata Mitras ‘Beyond The Hole In The Wall’.
Just a reminder that while there is a lot of energy around school startup and much of it is excited energy, there is still a lot of nervous energy out there that should not be ignored because its not bad, it just is – and that there’s is no one ‘right’ way to cope with it:
are just some of the coping strategies I got to see while walking in and out of our school by adults and children.
And I’m really looking forward to seeing how we all handle day 3…