By this point, the nerves are gone about ‘restarting’. There are still daily issues but now that rhythm has been established, it’s time to revisit addressing behaviors of students in person.
There has to be something to be said for the double exposure right now of spring and restarting school and the complexities of the part of the school year that has no relief between Spring Break to the end of the year except Memorial Day weekend if your campus goes that long. For the entire campus—there is no break from the monotony that exists and sometimes, especially at this time of the year, it is all anyone can handle and it is all any one should be expected at this point of the year.
This is a great time to revisit the school expectations. Five to ten minutes every day, how do you walk into class? How do you get help in the class? How do you wait to come into class? How do you demonstrate the best of your abilities? There are some classes that need to have every point explained in crystal clear expectations, but this is about modeling.
For students with behavior plans, have you revised it lately? Do the student and their staff know they have a behavior plan? How is that behavior plan being implemented? Is the behavior plan being followed? Have you had that conversation with the campus Behaviorist? This is very important. Get those plans out and review them. They aren’t static they are documents worth revisiting every two to three months.
And we admit, it is a hard time of year to implement and maintain behaviors. And without a doubt the academic year no one could have anticipated. Yes, this can feel overwhelming when most teachers only want to do one thing and do it well. But the students are still going to need guidance and limits no matter the circumstances. Certainly, there are a lot of changes that even hybrid campuses are experiencing. It still may be exciting for some students to meet up with their friends on a regular basis now and exchange those little things that kids just do, even if they have other ways of staying in communication during time away from school.
It is Teacher Appreciation Week
We just would like to shout out to all the educators on a school campus.
- The ones who are that safe harbor for a student
- The ones who go the extra mile
- The ones who know how to give each student what they need and when they need it
- The ones who know how to listen to the chirp of students
- The ones who know how to get all the students back when they are going in the wrong direction
- The ones who know the student who needs to be left alone with some concepts and the ones who need specific direction
- The ones who know how to bring integrity to all their actions
- The ones who know how to model kindness daily
- The ones who know how to mentor students and staff
- The ones who know how to bring the best they can daily
- The ones who know that even students need a down day
It has been an incredible year. For those who are still here, we thank you.
Before We Go
We are heading into the annual End of the Year posts. ParaEducate will end for the 2020-2021 academic year on June 6, 2021.
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