Stick with your game plan
Here in Michigan, we’ve had our share of winter. Record snow, coupled with dangerously low temperatures have made school days impossible. I’m confident many are like me and feeling stressed over the time lost, and wishing for a return to the comfortable “rhythm” of a school year. In these moments, when perceptions of “I am so behind” sets in, it’s typical to want to press harder or feel driven to work faster.
While we have to make up some ground, remember, fast work is often sloppy work. Remember the words of John Wooden, “be quick, but don’t hurry.”
Focus on planning quality educational experiences for your students. Make it clear that you are focused on quality and maintaining high expectations. One very strong lesson will always be better than taking two days of content and jamming them into one class period.
Fight the urge to work faster. Quality work takes time and patience.