He’s watching you!

16 Dec

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Four days until the Break!

There are moments when I think I won’t make it alive. Last friday, one of my boys arrived and announced that he hadn’t taken his meds that morning or the evening before. Fortunately, he is a sweet kid trapped in a jittery body. After lunch he cam up to me to ask if he could go outside to run laps because he had a lot of  energy. There was no one out there, so we came up with a plan B: emptying the book share boxes and reorganizing them. He was back to normal yesterday, but I sure needed a drink Friday evening.

Like many schools, we are hyper-vigilant about behavior before  any break. School-wide, we are on the lookout for “secret behaviors” and although my 4th graders get excited by this, I have found the most effective way to redirect their behavior is to remind them that Santa is watching. Some fourth graders still believe and I let those kids know that Santa consults with teachers. For the kids who no longer or never believed, I make it humorous.

Many of the  kids at my school are poor and won’t have a TV version of Christmas. They will probably have a meal with their family. Many have been adopted by various organizations. We are writing stories about wishes right now and, though some kids are writing about wishing for “stuff”, many others are writing about being together with their family, making Christmas happy,making life easier for their parents and other generous ideas. I think they might actually get the meaning of the holiday season.

 

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4 Responses to “He’s watching you!”

  1. Tara Smith December 16, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    My kids are all writing about (and thinking about) stuff. So, we are reading aloud and learning about what the holiday season is like for those less fortunate – the real spirit of the holidays lies in that, I think.

  2. ...never ending story December 16, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    I got such a kick out of the little guy who wanted to do laps for energy 🙂 It is really great that some see beyond the gifts and the frolic around the craziness. xo

  3. arjeha December 16, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    Sounds like that guy knew exactly what he needed to control his energy boost. This was always a difficult week to even try to introduce something new. Their minds, and I admit mine as well, were elsewhere.

  4. Jennifer Sniadecki December 16, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    Enjoy your well-deserved break!

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