November 22, 2016, Prescott-
We had a two-day work week and, as ever, many children were wound-up, in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Some were excited because of a good time ahead. Others were agitated, because of the harrowing conditions, or sheer boredom, that await them for five days.
A little guy who just wanted to play, while waiting for his bus to completely load, led us to ponder the safety issues that would ensue, were he to just be left to his own devices, during the wait for a student who is released later than our class.
The answer was obvious, and our students’ time in the classroom will be increased, starting Monday. Since they are more comfortable in the classroom than they are sitting at the bus dock, I anticipate a decline in the agitation and ennui that have been surfacing, in ways that only unsettled children can express.
This leads me to again draw the conclusion that listening, even to the most seemingly counter-intuitive ideas, can bring a surprisingly simple solution. The boy in question will be praised as a big helper, when school resumes on Monday.