Thank you for your letter. You asked a very good question: “Are you Santa?”
I know you’ve wanted the...
When news broke yesterday morning there were no words, merely profound sadness for those affected by this latest repeat of tragic circumstances. Too many echoes, too little comfort in arms that span a circumference less expansive than the world.
It was our Christmas picnic - 300 children and their families expected to attend over the course of the day - and all we could do was think of those precious families across the sea and be thankful that ours were happy and safe, and smiling.
This morning, news flooded through of teachers who acted calmly and selflessly to protect their little ones and prevent a bigger loss from happening. Today, I think of them with prayers of thanks. I will not honor the violence, but the beauty that prevailed.
Let this be the last time, please. Thanks.
Nine months into the school year and I’m having to focus on teaching independent problem solving, respect, cooperation skills and basic spatial awareness instead of content. Feels like the beginning of the year instead of the end.
Anyone else have issues with children being taught to say: ‘Stop, I don’t like it!’ And, ‘get out of my bubble!’? Perhaps it’s a personal thing, but I find myself cringing every time I hear these phrases uttered. (All of about 60 times a day with this new group.) It’s been testing my patience and creativity all week. Any new strategies people could recommend? I find I’m having to reinvent circle time activities and role plays every session. Argh!
What one thing do you wish you’d been told before taking on a class by yourself for the first time?
From a clutch of 15 in a centre of 35, to a rumble of 30 in a school of 200. Monday morning was a maddening maze of nerves and faces upon faces upon faces with more information to take in than a human mind should be able to hold. But, I survived!
Looking forward to processing over the weekend before returning to tackle this challenge head-on. Rainbows and butterflies, sunshine and smiles: Spring is here - time to make everything thrive!