Day 137 (of 183) it’s quiet….too quiet (when routines matter)
A four day weekend (pro-d day and a new curriculum day book ending a weekend) is tough for many learners.
An extended break doesn’t always make things better…….
Even if the reasons seem “great”. Bonus Camping day. Surprise trip to see a concert. “Sick”……. All very legitimate reasons for another day away from school – but…..the return to the school environment can become that much trickier. So while the “first day after a four day weekend” may be calm….in large part because so man (the wrong many) are away for a little bit more….
It can’t be forgotten that the re-entry for many learners becomes that much more tricky – not just because the longer away from the “structure of school” makes the return difficult for the learner, but also because the return adds to a disruption within the classrooms themselves…that have already got some learning products underway….
“multiple points of entry” which is easy to say, but tricky in most systems to create and adjust to; when “multiple points” is usually meant to connect with schema (background knowledge/understanding) not date/hour of entry…
So the anticipation: many of the students who miss today will start arriving tomorrow for an even shorter week….and the briefness of the week will cause some of those students who need structure (though they may not “want” it at the time) to not get enough time to re-engage in the learning process on their before the next weekend pops back up…..
So…time to dig out the differentiation-mindset out of the toolbox in order to meet each of our learners where (and when) they are; to meet our learners and enhance their school experience while they are here and make each minute meaningful. Not always easy, but it is always worth it.