Happy Friday? But wait… Not so happy students?
Unfortunately for some students Friday is not their favorite day. Especially if it is before a long weekend or vacation. Nearly 50% of children in America have suffered at least one severe childhood trauma before the age of 18, and most of this trauma happens outside of school. To these students, school is their safe place, their home, their family, where their friends are, where their minds are focused.
Keep this in mind if certain students are particularly misbehaving, grumpy, sluggish, or stand- off-ish on a Friday, while the rest of us are jumping for joy and itching to dash for the door at the last bell. See if you can take note of a pattern. These kids are the ones who most likely face bad things outside of school – negative influences in a neighborhood, fractured home lives, tough life circumstances. Try to identify those kids early on in the year, because they need your love. And because it will help you too- knowing (or making an expert inference) what makes a child misbehave or act a certain way is half the battle as a teacher. It helps us to keep our patience, navigate how to respond to them, and get creative with how to motivate them. So next time Friday rolls around, keep an eye out for kids who seem not as celebratory as the rest of us… and give them a little extra love and attention.