I sure didn't...but I'm glad we had it. And, although some of my co-workers may disagree, I am glad we just had one. Getting back in the routine of school this week has been a struggle all its own, and when you throw days off into the mix, it just gets harder.
But, we persevered! And, even though we had rough times, we made it! Sixth graders are plowing through Hobbit; seventh grade learned about the 12 Days of Christmas, Epiphany, and personal & community prayer (i.e. Mass); and eighth grade began their Confirmation unit as they gear up to receiving the Sacrament in early March.
For the most part, most students seemed to be interested in the material (and generally happy to be back in school/routine), but some were more interested in each other than the content. Now, you're probably thinking, Duh! Kelly, they're teenagers. (And this is true...very true.) But it still caused a bit of frustration on my end...So, I waited...a lot... And, generally, we accomplished the objectives we set out to accomplish.
One thing that worked especially well for both 7th and 8th grades on Friday was the Anytime Examen (from God in All Things). It was very calming (music- and narration-wise), and the students actually sat there quietly thinking. It was long enough to get some good reflection in, but it was short enough for their limited attention spans. I would highly recommend it (or any of their other downloadable Examens) for both high school and middle school students in addition to any adult's personal use. Heck, I may even play it at the beginning of my sixth grade Language Arts class to see if it can help calm them down in the morning...Hmm...
I hope you all continue to have a blessed new year! Enjoy the weekend, cold weather and all!