Posted by Jen Miller-Arsenault on 12/12/2016 12:00:00 PM
I subscribe to the Responsive Classroom listserve. Last week I received an email from them with the subject line Engaging Middle Schoolers During the Holiday Season. The article contains a number of timely reminders and tips that are relevant for all of us. Among them is a reminder that many of our students are overwhelmed or saddened by the upcoming holidays and breaks; maintaining a predictable routine is one of the best things we can do to support our students and channel their emotions and energy during this time of year. Being thoughtful about the questions that we pose during Morning Meeting and TA is also important; we want to ensure that our questions are inclusive of all students.
School delays and cancellations can add to the general air of distraction and disruption, as I am sure many of you are experiencing right now, as can big snowfalls during the day and indoor recesses due to extremely cold temperatures.
I encourage you all to take a few minutes to read the articles below. They are succinct, eloquent, and timely. I especially appreciate the reminders in Keep Learning Going During Holiday and Vacation Times. During my first year of teaching I learned the hard way that it is critical to stick to routines, maintain high expectations, reinforce success, and keep the learning going during both holiday times and the end of the school year. May you find these articles timely and helpful as you and your students keep learning at the center now and throughout the school year.