No math, no reading, no writing … just building relationships and community. Yes, that was my first week back and it felt great. Lots of smiling faces, kids playing, building, making, creating, and enjoying each others company.
Schools and classrooms are built on strong relationships so we need to give ourselves permission to allow those to develop before instruction can begin. In my class, I have a number of students who are brand new to the school. On Wednesday, you could see there nervous faces but by the end of today, it looked like they had all been at my school since Kindergarten.
We have started to build a trusting and caring community that will support our learning for the rest of the year. There is lots of time to do math, reading, and writing this year. I don’t regret spending this week creating our learning environment and building relationships. I know it is going to be beneficial over the course of the school year.