Is Spring Here Yet?
Generally, the months of January-March are the toughest to get through for educators because there are no holidays or long breaks to look forward to. However, this winter season proves to be a little different. I find myself crossing my fingers that school isn't canceled yet again.
Getting out of a routine can make teaching an especially difficult job. As you struggle to get back into the groove of going to work (once all of this snow melts), imagine how the students must feel. Like us, they are being shoved back into working 100% after spending hours upon hours of doing whatever they like. Be prepared to start from nearly zero again! As most students anxiously and some unwillingly return to your classroom, keep in mind the tips below.
They will be hungry!
Students will be off of their eating schedules and some may be coming from a home that has had little to no food for days. Be sensitive to how hunger may be effecting their moods. You might even want to provide a mid-morning snack for the first couple of days back.
Review the rules and procedures!
The rules at home and school can be very different. Help your students transition back into school by starting that first day back with a fun activity that reviews the classroom and school rules and procedures.
Take time to listen-really listen!
Although you have a pile of missed assignments and lessons that you can't wait to get checked off of your to do list, remember that first and foremost each child needs to be listened to. Ask them to share stories about their break and share a few of your own. This will help students feel comfortable and put their brains in a state of mind that is ready to listen and learn.