Getting back into any routine is rough. I took a month off from crossfit to travel in July and August was by far the roughest of all months since I started working out. School, and the month of September, is the same - for the teachers and the students!
Our school was off on Thursday for Rosh Hashanah. Such a tease to go in for a half day Wednesday and then be off on Thursday only to follow up with the first full-length school day on FRIDAY. A beautiful second cup of coffee from our band teacher saved me as the mid-day slump hit but the students were not so lucky. One child actually nodded off during the period after lunch.
Thanks to the demands facing teachers and students alike, it is hard to allow a gradual start to the year to allow everyone to get back on schedule. I'd love to ease back into teaching with some starter lessons and activities but thanks to our new evaluation system, every day must be focused on the end result. Gone are the days of material experimentation and art-based ice-breakers to start the year, they've been replaced by pre-assessment and data collection. Everyone in the building needs to be 'on' at all times and there is no room for the snooze button. I have no choice but to be ready for this high-intensity year, I just hope the students join me!
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