Every teacher knows that each class has its own "personality". This year I feel like I have to be the enforcer. If I give them an inch, they might never come back! So, for the past 136 days, I have monitored, discussed, enforced, and praised. It has been exhausting!
I feel like I haven't been able to be silly or funny or spontaneous with these kiddoes! It makes me sad most days, but I have been afraid of the repercussions.
Today there was a small window of opportunity. Students were eagerly writing infromational texts at their desks and a student requested to have some music on in the background. I have done this with other classes, but like I said, I wasn't sure if this particular class could handle it.
I was at a crossroads. I could turn it up, dance a little, and have fun with my class. Or, let the song pass by and wonder.
I turned it up. We danced. We laughed. We had fun!
Then I was amazed at how they went right back to their work. They knew how to focus, transition, and amaze me!
Every class has a "personality". Maybe this particular class is getting the balance of work and fun. I am sure glad they have!