There are still closed roads and power outages throughout the district, but we did have a full school day. Mrs. T and I spent part of Block 1 revising our plans because of the snow day, and part of it making a seating chart for our ninth grade classes, which was definitely helpful.
We explained our rationale for assigning seats to the students when they arrived: many are behind, they- by their own admission- work better if it’s quiet and they have fewer distractions, and we want to set them up for success. We also reiterated basics like don’t throw stuff, don’t touch each other, get off Snapchat… It’s not stuff we’re used to having to say this far into the year, but if that’s what it takes… Most of our students nodded or shrugged, and got to work, and really did benefit from the changed atmosphere.
One did cuss me out, though. Twice.
Can’t win ‘em all.
We had a team meeting followed by a 504 meeting during Block 5. Mr. F brought candy, which was such a win. And, I have to say, all of our 504 meetings have been super positive, and this one was no different. It’s not like that every year, so yay for that.
I went to track practice afterwards. We had to do battle with the ski team for space on the stairs and in the halls, but we managed. I really like the team dynamics; there’s a ton of enthusiasm, and I’m starting to see a lot of potential in our rookies. It’s fun.