October 14, 2020 | Brent Harris
Although things are much different this year, it’s been really nice to recognize that despite all of the changes and craziness, 7th grade students are still 7th grade students. They tend to talk a lot in class, they laugh hysterically at most things, and they are very sincere and curious. This 7th grade group has helped me retain a sense of normalcy, and I am gathering that this is also true among the students. There are a number of things that we’ve been doing as a 7th grade community to ensure that this feeling stays in place.
Our days are bookended with some casual, unstructured time. In the mornings, we have a morning meeting and have been playing lots of games that get the students interacting with each other. Morning meetings have been a really great way for me to get to know the students and their personalities. In the afternoons, we have “park” time. We have been playing a little bit of soccer in the gym, but also enjoying a lot of trivia-based games. A couple weeks back, all of the students in my cohort played a trivia game and faced off against Sasha and Finn. I won’t say how it ended. But perhaps you can ask your child. Although our “park” time comes at the end of the day, it’s consistently been a great way to let off some steam by moving around a bit, especially after a number of hours staying in our classrooms.
These 7th graders are awesome. Even though it’s early in the year, I am very excited about the community that we will build together. Thanks for sharing them with me!
— Mr. Harris