As you may have heard from some people in our district, we are losing the one consistent amazing thing that we have had this year…Wednesdays. Most people don’t love Wednesday’s because they are in the middle of the week. You still have two long days after that you have to struggle through. Well, for us this year, that magnificent day of the week is what made getting through the rest of the week a little easier. We have had Wednesdays to use for us. We still met with kids for SEL, read aloud, and sometimes small groups. But the rest of the day was ours. It was that time we could use for planning with our partners. We didn’t have to cram our planning into the tight special schedules that we have during the week. We didn’t have to plan our week on that random hallway encounter you had with your partner while they are desperately trying to go pee for the first time in 11 hours. Every Wednesday, I left not only having concrete plans for the rest of that week, but also have the following week planned as well. It gave us that day to check in with our week and see if we needed to adjust any of the plans for the following two days. We had time to collaborate, copy, and really get ourselves prepared. It was so nice.
The other part of Wednesdays that I loved is that we got to wear jeans. Any teacher in the world knows the luxury that is. It just gives you that one day to feel comfortable and normal. We got to have lunch, uninterrupted, without the fear of choking on our food because we were scarfing it down before the kids come back in from recess. You know the drill. Now that we are eating in our classrooms, nosy little students come in and scope out every single thing you ate. I avoid that at all costs. We also get to actually have some conversations with other staff…other friends that have seemed like long lost strangers this year. You can go visit a colleague’s room, laugh and reminisce. You just have time!!
Even though Wednesdays end up being so busy trying to get everything together in between getting online, planning, and a couple meetings, you leave feeling accomplished. I leave Wednesdays with nothing in my hands, nothing to do at home. It is a great feeling. I am going to miss this Wednesdays. I wish they would implement these into our normal school schedule. These Wednesdays keep us refreshed and keep us prepared. I will miss you buddy. It was great while it lasted.