Day 167 (of 186) sigh. Thursday’s.
At least I’m finding out it’s not just me….or specifically: a colleague shared that his kids were finding thursdays tough. I was able to support his thinking – sharing that my own kids found Thursday’s hard! But:
A) I knew why
B) Friday’s were typically karma-ish
I wrote earlier how on Thursday’s, we have too much going on – up to ten transitions before lunch… https://technolandy.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/day-143-of-186-some-days-theres-too-much-going-on-even-on-techursday/
Which has been why I have been promoting T(ec)hursday – where we sometimes embrace techaos…..and start to trust the process. Thursday’s are becoming hard mainly because they’ve always been a challenging day – even when “preferred activities” are provided.
But….as we compared notes, we were able to take solace that typically Friday’s are pretty good days….and I’ve been at places where Friday’s are the toughest days (because they missed the consistency of schools…..) but this year Friday’s have been good days to push learning. To get kids engaged.
Just because the calendar says it’s a good day to learn doesn’t make it so.
I often tease teachers teaching writing how all the great writers work from 9-10:15 on tuesdays and Thursday’s and then some mornings…some afternoons the other days of the week…but not weekends….. we know the muse does not work with a schedule, so sometimes we have to adapt.
I disagree with the idea that there are “prime learning times” in the morning and then a push through the afternoon. I do agree that there are peaks and valleys through the day, and I can expand that thinking to the whole week. Thursday’s aren’t days where “no learning occurs” …just when we have to approach our learning a tad different(Oates). I will always meet my learners where they are…and even if I’m more excited about Thursday’s….I know that just because one is ready for learning, it doesn’t mean all are.
T(ec)hursdays have tech involved because it engages and excites my learners….but we also have a lot of self-regulation and mindfulness occurring – which we have everyday, but I’ve learned that Thursday’s take a little more….