Our thoughts and love are with the people of the islands as they begin their road to recovery after the recent hurricanes that struck them. Relatively speaking, we here in Florida are very fortunate overall. The casualties in this state are not to be overlooked, as well as those in the state of Texas.
Despite the fact that we are lucky to have warnings, the downside of hurricane preparation, the storm itself, and the aftermath, is that whenever one comes our way, our lives get interrupted. One area where they get interrupted is in school. I remember the 2004-2005 school year, which was severely interrupted when our area got hit by two storms just weeks apart. It affected me more so, because my house received significant damage and I had to move out for a few months. On top of that, it was my first year at a new school. While I was feeling overwhelmed about what I had to do in my situation, in the back of my mind I was thinking of my students who were going through tough times of their own. I knew it was going to be difficult not only for me, but for them, to refocus.
Now that it has been a few weeks, this school year seems to slowly be getting back to normal and in the groove. This new month is the longest one of the school year insofar as there are no student holidays (for the most part) and we have Halloween awaiting us at the end, which brings its own distractions. The best thing we as teachers and parents can do is to keep a routine going as much as possible when it comes to our children’s academics. Homework, reading, and online practice should be encouraged every school night and at least 30 minutes to an hour during the weekend. Of course, that may not always be possible, but the closer we can get to a solid routine, the better off our children will be come year’s end, especially as we get closer to the big state tests. Also, having a good routine will help in the event that should our lives get interrupted again, which we will think positively that they won’t, but just in case they do, our children will be able to bounce back and pick up where they left off with minimal difficulty. That can make all the difference.