It seems as if Juan Pablo the Chameleon is Movin on Up. (Cue the theme song from The Jeffersons.) Yesterday, we decided to upgrade Juan Pablos living quarters, as he was quickly outgrowing his original one. As I transitioned him from the old to the new cage, he was downright nasty, hissing and puffing up like a blowfish. Apparently, transitions are hard for him. Luckily, he settled right down when he got to his new home.
I know how Juan Pablo feels. Im quite happy to be home, too. This summer, my travel schedule was crazy. It was hard waking up in different hotel beds, going to sleep and waking at different hours and having a lack of consistent structure that is evident in my usual routine. Im glad to be home where there is once again a familiar sense of comfort, safety, and belonging. Im guessing you can anticipate where this one is headed. Educators, take note.
As we start back up in the classroom, keep in mind, we all need the structure afforded to us by the routine of school. This is especially true for our students. Unfortunately, for many of our students, school is the only place where this need is consistently met. Expect that the transition period may be difficult, but the end result is worth it. Id step out on a limb and venture to say that school feels more like some to some students than the place they lay their head each night. Yes, in the home there is a great deal of noise, chaos and crazy, but ultimately, it is the best place to be. Students, welcome to another school year. Welcome home.