First day. We spend the first 2 days of 9/10 classes doing orientation, which makes sense for newcomers. By some stroke of luck, I’ve spent the last 3 years teaching the school values session, where we learn about our school’s 4 school values:
- Act With Empathy
- Create Change
- Challenge Yourself
- Learn Together
(True story, I often find myself having conversations with real live adults about how “you just need to challenge yourself more” or “maybe if we just acted with empathy…” Needless to say, I’m not much fun at cocktail parties)
At any rate, we make small tweaks to this lesson every year. Over time, we’ve added videos (the kiddos love the penguins) as well as a values sort (which always makes me a bit squeamish to talk about) and a chance for the kiddos to draw what they’re thinking about.
This year’s lesson feels a bit choppy. I have to call the kiddos to attention a lot in the lesson (we watch a video, we draw, then we watch another video, then we draw…) and I’m using a chime to call them to attention, so it feels like a lot of stop and go.
What do you notice? What do you wonder?