My poor wife. She has been bed ridden for the past 3 days with bronchitis. As such, I have been doing the run around with our three kids and going to work. It is at these particularly busy times that we are thankful that we have such a helpful extended family. Ah well, I share this video as a tribute to all that moms do.
Whew....I leave you now to collapse now that all three kids have been picked up from their various after-school activities and have been fed and put to bed and the laundry is done and the dishes are washed and the lunches are made for the next day and the appropriate equipment bags are ready for the next days activities and the arrangements have been made for who is picking who up and dropping who off and my work stuff I brought home is done and I have picked up the valentines cards for all three classes for each kid and I have eaten something somewhere in there. All is set so we can do it all over again tomorrow.
If this seems like a complaining moment, it is not. It is a timely reminder that our students have lives outside of school. They bring with them schedules, stresses and passions. We should be wary of the demands we place on students that extend outside of the school schedule. We should value the learning that they do outside of our walls and we should try to incorporate that learning into our teaching.