This has been one crazy week for me and my students. We were out for the first three days due to all the flooding in Carroll County. I just knew that when the students came back they wouldn't be able to focus on anything at all. I have since realized that students truly do want to have school to focus on when tragedy strikes. On Thursday when we came back, I wanted to give the students a time to discuss anything from the flooding that might be on their minds. (I knew I had several students that were directly affected.) Those students were so grateful to just to be able to talk and the rest of us actually listen. My classes seem to be pretty close knit even though I have students from every school in the county.
Once they were finished talking about their concerns and anything else that might be on their hearts, they were VERY ready to focus on school. They got right to work. We even were able to have our weekly Medical Terminology quiz. I was very surprised they all made "A's."
So, I guess that I learned that no matter what students say they want to be in school during certain times. Thursday and Friday were days that I think they wanted to be there. It helped them focus on more positive things than all the disastrous events that were going on around us. I am so grateful too that all of my kids made it "o.k." through this. They may be suffering emotionally, but they will make it through!
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