I have good news and bad news
Which do you want first?
The kids are deeply ensconced in their freshly-borrowed books, I’m hesitant to jump in and interrupt. But we don’t have a choice.
They peek their heads up at me and a few of them immediately respond
The bad news
Well, the bad news is we have indoor recess, yet again.
<scattered smatterings of ‘awwwwww man’>
What’s the good news?
The good news is we get to spend more time together!
Chuckles, (a lot of) groans, and what I truly believe is genuine acceptance and flexibility. I love this group.
I re-read the email.
The AQI is now 230 so please keep your students in the classroom during lunch time.
You can find the modified schedule for the lunch time as below:
When I lived in Seattle we would often face ‘rainy day recess’. Those days tended to throw both kids and adults for a loop. Variations in barometric pressure affected the atmosphere, in more ways than one.
We stuck with it but it was always a challenge to keep our emotions in check, particularly when structure, ritual, and routine are thrown for a loop.
And, in these parts as the country has opened up from the quiet (and generally clearer) days of COVID, the air has become increasingly worse.
There are still far more good days than bad, but it seems thicker than before.
And so, we chat a bit about making the most of it, living within our circle of control, and being grateful for those days when we do have a choice.
Now you have something to write about!
genuine acceptance and flexibility…I’m sure you’ve fostered a community where this is the norm. Indoor recess can really impact an entire school day. Hoping the air clears for you soon.
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Snow days, rain days… those seem easier to accept than air quality days. I like how you broke the news to them– the sense of community was clear.
I’d say there’s not much control we can have over rain days and snow days, although climate change makes me question that idea, but AQI that precludes students from going outside is further evidence of how little those in power care about children. Of course teachers and students are flexible and find positive in the negative, but in this era of corporate greed, that AQI merits righteous indignation.
My 8th graders somehow always convince me to take them out, despite the freezing temperatures or driving snow. I can’t imagine having to explain AQI to them!
I think your leadership (presenting time together as good news!) probably helps those awesome kids in being flexible and accepting. Thank you for this slice!
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