End of Year Jitters?

It’s weird to be sitting here on December 5 and be writing about the end of a school year. Those in the Southern Hemisphere have always seen this as the end. However, here in the United States, it’s only the middle. So why am I talking about the end of the school year?

Well, we are going through some big changes in our building. We are adding on a new wing. Teachers (me included) are moving from one room to another. We’re adding a grade to the building starting in January. So in a way, it is the end of a school year for us. Again, why do I bring this up?

Well, student attitudes are different. All the teachers can see it. Even the students are noticing it. We started to think it was a full moon, but that isn’t until next weekend. We then thought it was Winter Break coming up. However, when we look around, walls are starting to become bare. Boxes line the walls in the classrooms. Does this make a difference?

I think so.

There are many students who don’t have much of a regular routine nor stability at home. Here at school, they have that. Students know they have a safe place to go from August to May. They can pretend they have no worries outside of school. They can focus here and achieve great things. We’re taking that away.

There are many unknowns right now. Will the building be finished in time? Where will their new rooms be located? Where is their new locker? They have to learn a new combination. So many unknowns for students . .. . and teachers. So when they ask, they don’t get an answer.

So is this the full reason for the troubles? I say no, but it could be a part of it.

What do you think?

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About Anthony Purcell

I am Anthony Purcell and I am currently teaching math in Oklahoma.
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