- December 6, 2017 at 8:19 PM #41476
What Christmas-time wisdom can you offer to the rest of us? Last year I noticed how stressed even young students can become the month of December. With all their family traditions, church traditions, Christmas suppers, etc. their emotional bands can get pretty stretched.
- This topic was modified 3 days ago by Betty Yoder.
- December 9, 2017 at 4:49 PM #41601
Not to mention the mile markers we are trying to reach in our school books so we don’t have a big test looming right after the vacation days and practicing for a program if our school is giving one…
This question has left me pondering. I’ve never actively thought about what we could be doing at school to help lessen the stress. Subconsciously I guess I’ve thought that the December unsettledness went with the territory and looked at it more from the teacher perspective than the students’. For myself, I’ve eliminated some of the things that I used to have to do and simplified other things. Our church community has an annual auction the first of December with proceeds going toward various needs, missions, etc. It has become a school tradition for various classes to create a project to put towards it. Some years ago I decided that the first grade didn’t need to contribute something–they are too young to do much without it becoming a teacher project. Eliminating that made my life and thus my students’ lives less stressful. I’ve also learned to keep other ideas simple; things like art projects and our contribution to our traditional school Christmas party. I don’t even do much changing of the scenery in my classroom. If I can keep my life simple than I have more time for my students.
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