I stand by my original statements: I love middle school. I love their kind hearts. I love their sensitivity. I love their creativity and ability to think outside of the box. I love their ferocious passion.
But there are a few things I don’t love…
I don’t love how they can’t keep their hands to themselves. I don’t love how they roll their eyes, talk-back, defy, and avoid their work. It’s now week 7 and I will be honest… I need a pause button.
Time-outs are for toddlers, I know. But I need them in my room. Sometimes I send a student for a lap around the cafeteria or I have them sit outside. No conversation, nothing, just a little bit of time away. It’s good for them AND it’s good for me (and the other kids). Sometimes we just need to step out of the situation, regain our composure, and start fresh. That doesn’t always work, but it’s a nice little moment of calm (usually).
I can’t have a pause button, but I can keep the stress of one class out of another. I can take time to put the last class BEHIND ME at the end of the hour. It’s important to wipe the emotional slate clean before letting in the next class. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times to students: whatever happened in the last class is not a concern in THIS class. Leave it there. Even if it’s just a minute where you sit and sip your coffee, putting on that stellar smile for the next hour… do it! Your kids will thank you.
I love my kids. I love my job. I just need a second sometimes!
How do you re-group during your busy day?