I'm describing my bike ride this morning. It was 47 degrees and fully dark out at 6:00 a.m. as I pedaled away from the house. By the time I reached the corner, the mist was just beginning to fall. By a mile in, I was shivering, and water was dripping from my handlebars. And as my shirt soaked through, I did decide to cut my ride short and head home. I was miserable out there.
I wonder if this description could also refer to classroom climate? Do students feel warmly enfolded? Or are they shivering in the drenching mist?
What is the cold and soaking mist?
Being frozen out of a clique.
Being iced out by a teacher who cares more about teaching than students' learning.
Feeling soaked by a life outside of school so full of challenges as to make learning in school a distant afterthought.
Knowing the relentless chill of not fitting in with the rest of the crowd--for whatever personal uniqueness is somehow socially unacceptable.
How will you make your classroom feel like home for these students?
Is your classroom a place they can dry off and warm up?
What comforting blankets can you offer a student coming in out of the cold and soaking mist?
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