They came in last Tuesday bright-eyed and excited, full of nervous enthusiasm. They learned about their schedule and met all their teachers. We disappointed them by waiting until the next day to give them their lockers, the mark of maturity they’d dreamed about for week.
Then reality hit.
There was a lot of “stuff” to fit into their locker.
Five minutes of passing time suddenly seemed really short.
The A/B day schedule was confusing.
They forgot to bring things they needed and carried things they didn’t.
But slowly, oh so slowly…
Things began to fit in the locker.
They made it to class on time.
They made it to the right place at the right time.
They made new friends.
We are still working out some kinks, but our sixth graders are growing, stepping up to challenges, and taking root.