Day 119 (of 186) keep remembering: it’s the first day after the time change aka maybe Newfoundland has things right

First days after weekends of time changes are always a little wonky. I expect to see (and get to see) tears, rudeness, anger, tiredness, sickness……if we could assign Zones of Regulation to the calendar – the Monday after a time zone is full out “Blue Zone” …. which can lead to people being “stuck” or shifting to Red Zone” thinking (or non-thinking/reacting) instead. And I’m not just talking about the students – this is an “all years” issue and at home as well as school.

Now, I remember being confused as a kid with tv and radio announcements saying 7 eastern 4 pacific and 6:30 in Newfoundland Labrador. I learned it was because in lieu of doing the annual moving of the clocks, they switched it by 1/2 an hour and were done. “A Newfoundland thing” is what we called it laughing at it. Maybe a smart thing. Maybe Arizona (and a few other regions) has this one right….

I also see the time change as another “necessity” of a bygone era – when we were an agrarian-focused society – needing the start of the day to roll with the sunlight – something that made sense “once upon a time” but in a more 24/7 world….perhaps the clock and “specific time” needs to change…differently.

Especially when the lead up to spring break is often one of the toughest periods that we continue to forget about:

  • It is valuable to remember to take that extra breath.
  • Go for a walk and enjoy the sunshine (today was our first day in double digits -Celsius)
  • Sip that coffee rather than chug it. Same with tea. Avoid the wine and other temptations for a couple of days.
  • Read a book.
  • Take a “boredom break”.
  • Look at the calendar as a friend rather than an adversary.
  • It’s why I like how efolios enable us to focus on the Learning rather than the calendar to ensure units are “done” prior to an artificial mark on an increasingly irrelevant calendar. I’m postponing a couple of activities so that we can focus on the quality of what we are doing rather than the quantity of what we get done.

When things get “busy and high energy” react with calmness and patience. It’ll make a world of difference. And be mindful that you don’t “cancel Christmas” (make a threat or consequence that cannot be carried out) because he weight of that decision will be heavy on everyone. Make decisions that will make things better, not worse!

And if you need to blame something (rather than someone) blame the time change!

About technolandy

Principaling on the Pacific in Powell River BC Pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Utilizing ePortfolios & Descriptive Feedback to personalize learning!
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