Be happy (in this new year) – Mark Anderson’s Blog

Be happy and welcome in the new year with your learners.

My timeline is full of teachers who are anxious about returning to work on Monday. There has been a flurry of planning, marking and general knot-tying of stomachs about the demands and responsibilities that may face us in the New Year. I sympathise, but my concern is with my own learners. Often after a long holiday, behaviour and motivation can diminish and students can feel disaffected (not too far off mirroring the feelings of some staff who dread rather than relish the challenge of a new term). For many children, it is school and not home that provides the clear boundaries and routine in their lives, and a long period of absence from a structured environment, with caring adults can be harmful. Returning to school can be for many, traumatic and even bring to the front feelings of shame in a culture that celebrates material consumption, something that many children can not revel in due to the economic conditions at home. I want to welcome in the New Year with my learners creating a feeling of genuine feeling of belonging for students, where they can achieve in a positive climate that celebrates their individual successes, be them academic or not.

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1 Response to Be happy (in this new year) – Mark Anderson’s Blog

  1. Ian Stock says:

    How heart-warming. O.K., I’m being slightly sarcastic, and there are no doubt many children for whom those words ring true. But there are also plenty who think they are doing the teachers a favour by being there (“If it weren’t for me, you wouldn’t have a job…”), to whom different sentiments might apply.

    And by and large it isn’t the kids who cause the depression – it’s the way schools are run – and (sometimes) the people who run them.

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