Students Going Christmas-Crazy?
“Wow…My kids were nuts today!”
We’ve all said it, and we say it much more often around this time of year.
I equate the holiday season in a school to a pot of boiling water with a lid. The pot bubbles and boils, steam trying to escape while the cook tries to keep it on. The energy beneath the lid just continues to build and build.
So, yes, the kids are crazy…but could we be contributing to this problem? Let’s ask ourselves some questions:
(Disclaimer 1 – I’ve done and continue to do many of these.)
(Disclaimer 2 – None of these are bad.)
– Is our classroom decorated for the season?
– Are we changing our classroom schedule around?
– Are we talking about our over-the-break plans?
– Are we changing our schedule for special area classes like P.E., Art, and Music?
– Are we teaching holiday-themed units?
– Are we doing holiday-themed writing?
– Is there Christmas music playing in the room?
– Are we being lax with our classroom procedures?
– Are we wearing holiday clothes?
– Are we sitting at our desk more because there’s not enough time to start anything new?
Again, none of these are bad things, but they certainly could be causing the Christmas-crazies. Students love routines, and when we changes these, we have to be willing to deal with the effect this has on students.
So, should we avoid everything holiday-ish? Not at all. But before we claim, “The kids were wild today,” we might want to ask ourselves what we are doing that might be contributing to this.
And if we decide to just deal with it, that’s okay too.