Day 2 (of 183) transitions ain’t easy
The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men …
That is what class placements can be like. Even when you do your due diligence and mindfully make class placements….things don’t always go as hoped. That was threefold today as I got to experience some difficulties from different perspectives:
As a dad, I heard that my son (with General Anxiety) was having a tough day. Even though we had a plan. We had front loaded and worked on a plan with him so there would be no surprises. But there are still unexpectations when factoring new students into both a classroom and a school. What was reassuring was knowing that the team at his school “weren’t letting him go home” and kept the focus on suporting him as part of the learning community. A good example that coming up with a plan doesn’t mean that it’s done once the first thinking and planning is put into practice – cue the feedback loop!
As a principal, seeing one of my students acting in a way that reminded me of my own son when he was in grade 5. The day was not going as he anticipated (different teacher this year and friends in both rooms). It’s easy to focus on what isn’t working but again, working as a team with his parents and the teachers at his grade level, we know we will support his work in our learning community and achieve success for him. Cue the differentiation.
It’s always complicated putting groups together. Balancing genders and learning styles among many other considerations. Family requests, daycare and so many other factors play roles – and depending on your point of view, each factor has greater or lesser importance.
Even when you think things are set and ready…. well sometimes those plans “gang aft agley” (and I do appreciate it when some complete the Bobby Burns poem about those “best laid plans o’ mice an’ men” with “often go astray” – a decent exemplar of an adaption)
Right now neither boy is handling the transition into this years school very well – but the school teams are pretty confident that we will be successful – because we are in the middle of a transition – it ain’t over till it’s over!