Our admiration for teachers at Turning Point often lingers in the abstract, so it was powerful for me to see firsthand how our teachers skillfully use reliable routines and expectations to maintain a positive, consistent learning environment. Teachers prepare for as much as they can, but lesson planning does not translate into cruise control in the classroom. Children’s moods are mercurial, so the real skill kicks in when teachers leave room for the inevitable micro-adjustments that need to be made all day long.
“I’m the only one not playing Fortnite after school!” “If you don’t let me do it, I will be left out!” Do these pleas sound familiar? If so, you are not alone; as parents and educators, we are all in this together.