Well, hopefully, we are all beginning to settle into routine. We are among staff and faculty as well. Part of that routine has included analyzing our communication means and methods. We have quickly discovered in our communication routine, that not only do we have much to communicate one particular week at the beginning of the year, but every week! You must be as tired from reading the long Posts as we are from writing them. So this week, you will notice a condensed version. We will post increasingly more information on the Website with links in the Post to important and new information. We also will begin researching how best to overhaul the Website and make it most beneficial for all of us. And the Post will now be published on Fridays to allow you time to prepare for the upcoming week.
Speaking of routines, this also is the time of every year when students realize the honeymoon of starting school has ended. Sometimes early grades can be discouraging as students learn how to study, what teacher expectations are, how to adapt to new routines, new classes, etc. Instead of setting unreasonably high expectations now, encourage your students to learn from classroom challenges. These circumstances offer important lessons in how to better prepare, how to manage time more wisely, and how to make wise choices. Learning how to recover from a lower grade than expected is a beautiful lesson in developing enduring tenacity. School is an endurance run, not a sprint.
Grace in Christ,