This class of kindergartners has missed 5 days of school. My report cards are due Wednesday, but tomorrow I’m getting a new student. I haven’t seen this group since Wednesday, so they have no clue. I like to talk about being a welcoming friend before we get a new student. No time for that. I want to take the time to make her feel welcome. I need to help her learn our procedures. I have a list of many assessments I’m supposed to complete. I’d hoped to put the class on auto pilot, and finish these. This is really bad timing.
Tonight a little girl is going to bed, feeling excited, a little scared, and probably a little unsure if her teacher will be nice. She might be worried if she’ll have a friend. She probably wishes she didn’t have to move to a new house. I bet she misses her old friends. She doesn’t know my pressures I need to remember hers.