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This week, let’s talk about boundaries and expectations in the schools, in local business and in the life of the student.
As the topic relates to schools, I want to caution school staff not to spend the next 2-3 weeks in the classroom prior to the official start of school. If you aren’t required to be back in the building yet, try to stay away as much as possible.
Hold on, inhale and listen for just a minute. As educators, I’m sure you try to get the message across to your students that they need balance. They can’t play too many video games or spend too much time outside when they know they have homework to do that night.
A similar idea is afoot when you spend 20, 30 or 40 hours a week in the classroom, when you don’t even have a contract to be there yet. One year the district wouldn’t turn on air conditioners because staff wasn’t supposed to be there. Think of it as a cost-saving effort on behalf of the district; you’ll save electricity and your sanity.
Now don’t get me wrong, I understand the need to go in and arrange the desks and make the new student name tags or fill in the roll book prior to the first day. I even know you might want to hang the official welcome back items or new posters you bought over the summer.
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