Day 11 (of 183) long weekends suck
Monday was awesome. Great professional development. Great networking. But…we weren’t in school….
I know that the day-after a long weekend can be very long. On a day like today, it was even brought up by many that the office area was busy (parents, 1:1 volunteers, phone calls from other schools, and students for a variety of reasons) as everyone wants to get caught up! (I won’t even mention the flurry of emails!)
It’s the student part of returning to school after a ‘bonus day off’ that is hardest. In some cases we have just gotten some new learners (kindys) starting to figure out the school routines when we sneak in one of many 3-day weekends to change things up. And if they’re anything like my anxiety-son, it’s really tough….barely in the classroom tough! These ‘breaks from school’ don’t often lead to much of a break…
I do try to be proactive. I know enough of my learners that I can get out in front of some issues – especially the ones who didn’t get enough sleep (I don’t have “nap time” too often, but when meeting basic needs of rest food shelter….gotta do what we gotta do!). The ones without enough food can be met with a variety of snacks (but many want to ‘cover’ and say that they did get enough to eat…at least for the first half hour or so). And the ones that still aren’t sure about their new ‘shelter’ (our school) are the ones I try to be proactive about….when I can (really hard to be too predictive of new-to-our-learning-community members!) in order to make them understand that as members of our learning community we will do whatever it takes to help make connections and build trust.
In the meantime I practiced some of my own self-regulation techniques (with my son & daughters) as we went for a walk in our nearby forest trails & started to plot and plan to be successful (in the classroom) for the upcoming day….now that we’ve recovered from the long weekend. When’s thanksgiving?!?! oh yeah – right before that next provincial professional development day….!!