It’s Sunday morning and I am sitting at my summer office, knowing full well ‘summer’ is another nine months away. The days are numbered on the summer office with a few more days left in August. Soon it will be too cold, too wet, or both to sit outside and work. But,
I’ll make hay while the sun shines. Farmer’s wisdom
The birds are flocking to the feeders, and I watched three hummingbirds hash it out over at the hummingbird feeder. Sorry, no photo, those birds are just too quick.
School restarted Thursday with students sitting in my classroom albeit masked (all of us were masked) but sitting in my classroom; AND, happy to be there. Last fall, I created a menagerie of ‘students’ to keep me company while I taught using a camera and microphone. This year, ALL of my students are in the room. I am keeping those five students to remind me of our resilience and persistence.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor E. Frankl Austrian neurologist, Holocaust survivor
There has been a lot of talk in the media about learning loss. The pundits love to point out deficiencies in public education because it’s easy to point out what’s wrong. It’s much more challenging to find what is good and that is what Making the Days COUNT dot org is all about. Always has been. There is far more good in the world than the media is apt to share. So, that’s why I have tuned it out. The loudest sound in the room isn’t always right, it’s just loud.
Getting back to school was easy. The first three days of the week were set aside to work on preparing for the coming year. Monday and Tuesday we worked with our teams – grade level, content, and school – to get ready for having a full house on Thursday. Wednesday was set aside for teacher time to get our rooms and ourselves ready for Thursday and Friday.
Thursday began with 33 smiling students sitting in my classroom for my first period class! In all I had 116 of the 117 students on my roster sit down and take in school as a full class for the first time since Friday, March 13, 2020.
And the best part, they all came back on Friday.
It’s gonna be a great year. I’ve got a lot to learn, I’ve got a lot to share, and together my students and I are going to move mountains. I am going to take the students I have and use what they learned about patience, resilience, persistence, and compassion to practice science.
I expect they’ll all come back Monday, and I am hoping that the 117th student who missed the first two days joins us. I’ll be working on remembering their names by sight and developing those important first day, first week relationships and trust that will enable true deep learning throughout the year.
It’s gonna be a great day and I have a ton of stuff to do. One of which is explaining how playing games (above photo) is key to understanding how scientists think and work. I had a great week, and I am confident the coming weeks are going to be a million and six times better. Stay tuned. So, I had better jump up, jump in, and seize the day. Making the Days Count, one day at a time, confident that every days is going to be amazing.
What made your week amazing?