One thing I am daily reminded of in the classroom is that we cannot separate “student” from “child.” It just doesn’t work because there is more to who they are than the six hours a day they are in our building.
They are more than Reading CBMs and progress monitoring, more than their math texts and PE class and science labs. They come to us from a family who will influence who they become in profound ways that we can’t recreate in the classroom.
This weekend the majority of our families will celebrate Orthodox Christmas which has made for a festive week. The week before we left on Christmas Break also had its share of excitement in anticipation of December 25. I cannot separate this excitement from who my students are, and it wouldn’t be right to ask them to leave it at the door.
С Рождеством! Merry Christmas!