Day 39 (of 185) differentiating school rules
Halloween is tough. We change up the normal routine of school.
We ask kids to dress up in different costumes.
We add sugar (or other extrinsic motivations – I prefer Halloween pencils)
So when things go astray…..I tend to err on the side of “we caused this”….
So the halo soldier and ninja whose playing turned into pushing….led to a different talk than other days (where they often have limited things in common that would have them “play” together)
The really loud talker….okay talkers….had me using my wait time better……because we are encouraging excitement. From the costume parade to the centres (bat art, themed bingo and “pumpkin stress ball making”) we want there to be a “buzz” and we.d be foolish not to anticipate (and support!) some challenging behaviours….
Fortunately there were no clowns (thanks to the district letter) and the few that accidentally brought costume-weapons were very good at bringing them to me and having a plan (needing them to head to town right after school) and when we are open, honest and seek ways to solve problems, it’s not about getting people into trouble and instead working on making things better….and isn’t that really what differentiation is all about? Knowing the uniquesses of the learners/days and personalizing our responses to build for success.
But after falling asleep on the couch when I should’ve been helping hand out candy…kinda looking forward to returning to “normal”!