Day 21 of 31
Today was a busy day. In addition to teaching in classrooms, meeting students in small groups, talking to individual students with issues, supervising my counseling intern and observing students, both in the classroom and at recess, I had a before school meeting, an after school meeting and two meetings during the school day. Out of those 4 meetings only one was actually scheduled ahead of time.
A’s mom called me an hour before school began and wanted to drop him off and then talk to me about some issues. Main issues-anxiety, stress, fear of failure, big and small worries, separation anxiety and obviously worried about WW III.
A committee of educational professionals talked about several students who are having major behavior issues as a result of trauma. Parents unable or unwilling to access outside counseling that is so desperately needed. That is a very simplified explanation of the issues.
Not scheduled but had to follow up with a parent regarding good touch/bad touch lesson and what a student disclosed to me in the hallway, after my lesson was over.
After school with a teacher regarding Meeting 1 student to relay information and strategies.
Meeting 5 (Rescheduled since Meeting 4 went way longer than anticipated)
Conclusion: Today it was confirmed to me that the last two years have taken its toll on our students and teachers. Now, did I already know it? Sure. But today I FELT it. No, seriously-I FELT it A LOT. And you know what?
EVERY. SINGLE. MEETING. TODAY. ILLUSTRATED. THAT. POINT.
I know we all know it. I know we all feel it. But this year is just hard for all of us.
Teachers are struggling.
Administrators are struggling.
Counselors are struggling.
Parents are struggling and our children are struggling.
It is a LOT and it is ONLY Monday.
I know tomorrow will be better.
I have no more thoughts left for today.
That is all.