THURSDAYS ARE KIND OF CRAZY. This isn’t a complaint. I love all the things that I do, but Thursday kind of layers things up. As you know, we have a news package that gets pushed out Thursday night. This year we are interviewing students. In the past we always interviewed teachers. This means that we have to find time during the school day to interview the students which results in a complicated schedule for me. The kids on this week’s show are adorable and great leaders in our school community. They are also both REALLY, REALLY quiet. The interviewers, however, are nice and loud. This resulted in a complicated evening of trying to get the sound balanced correctly.
BEST OF ALL the temperature FINALLY dropped. It was wonderful to stand outside for our morning flag salute, and feel a cool breeze blow past. It is supposed to be even cooler tomorrow. I might break out my Leadership Sweatshirt. MIRACLES.
My leadership team talked a lot about ways to deal with disagreements today. We were brainstorming problems facing students at our school. Bullying is popular topic of discussion, and it has been at every school I have ever taught at. We talked about the difference between bullying and just being rude. Students generally label every negative interaction “bullying”. We came up with a plan for when we need to have uncomfortable conversations, and how we handle them during our leadership meetings. We will see how things go. This group of kids are amazingly articulate. One girl said, “It didn’t really hurt me physically, but it hurt me emotionally.” She’s nine, and she has a better ability to express herself than many adults that I know. Another student told us, “I just want acknowledge the coaches for letting us have this discussion. You were very respectful, and I appreciate your honesty.” He is all of ten years old. TRUE STORY. Don’t get me wrong, they are kids. Earlier in the meeting they were playing a game and were SUPER rowdy, but I appreciated their ability to listen to and share ideas.
And can you believe it, we are about to wrap up another week of school! My students have been in my room for 31 days. I hope they are feeling stronger, braver and better able to tackle complicated problems. I hope they feel safe and encouraged, and I hope that they enjoy the work we are doing. I know I enjoy spending time with them.
Keep moving forward,