Today I spent my seventh day in a classroom. Well, it was only a half day, and actually just 2.5 hours of classes total. But that 2.5 hours was all in one big block. I was there to guide classes through Social Emotional Learning. It was one of those days where I realized quickly – around the time when little colored plastic tiles meant for identifying our feelings were being used as projectiles – that it would be a day of improv and rolling with the waves.
It was still a great day to be in class. I had some cool moments where kids who wouldn’t initially join the circle and share, slowly get closer in as the class went along. One such friend, I got to hang out with and play LEGO after class. I made a chewbacca to go with his millennium falcon, and of course did my legendary chewie impersonation.
I picked up my daughter Teagan and we enjoyed the warm January afternoon down at the river, and then out front playing hoops. We then made some amazing banana nut muffins – it was a really fun time hanging with one of my favorite ”students”. And truly one of the benefits of working school hours… the added time with family.
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And the last highlight of the day was getting my new substitute cards in the mail. I think they turned out wonderfully and can’t wait to leave a little smile on desks for teachers to discover when they get back to class. Thinking I might tape them to a piece of candy or something. That could be fun.