Students were disappointed that I could not stay after school on Friday. I was too. After school is where I learn the most about my students and sometimes, its not even my students I get to learn about but the friends they bring with them. Kids laugh more easily after school and aren't afraid to ask questions or ask for help. How can I duplicate that in all of my classes? Maybe I am more relaxed too and easier to approach when I don't have a lesson plan or agenda I am trying to fulfill. Whether its one kid or 20 kids, there is something different that happens after school- we get to just be together. Some of my favorite after school moments include random karaoke breakouts, teary eyed personal statement breakthroughs, and students just wanting a place to do their work.
The hardest part is kicking them out when its time for me to go home.
Or, like this past Friday, just not being available.
But I know how important my self care and care for my personal relationships are, if I am to be present and available for my students.
A-ha: Modeling healthy relationships, self care and healthy boundaries is part of my job.
Reminder: Play more guitar after school