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Teachers Know That Fridays Aren't the Same For Everyone

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Today is the day of the week that many of us look forward to. We already have our plans for the weekend and we can’t wait. It is a chance to spend quality time with our family and friends. It is a chance to relax and recharge our batteries.

Can the same be said for the students we teach?

Today is the day of the week that many of our students do not not look forward to. They have no idea what they are doing this weekend. The weekend happens to them. They do not have the luxury of planning their weekend. During the school week our students know what to expect and they know exactly what is going to happen.

This is not to say that the weekend is difficult for all of our students. But, for many of our students the weekend is not a time they look forward to. They receive fewer hugs, fewer healthy meals, if any, and very little sense of order and calm. The weekend completely drains their batteries, it does not recharge them.

So when you go into school today try to be aware that today can be a difficult day for many of our students. Unlike us, this is a day that they are not looking forward to. They are not going out to dinner and a movie tonight. They are not making fun and exciting plans for the next 2 days. They are counting the minutes until they get to be with you again.

What can you do?

Give more hugs and high-fives today.

Have more patience today.

Laugh more today.

And above all else, know that while you may have been looking forward to today, many of your students have not!

Do what you can to make today great for your students!

We owe it to them because they will not see us for two and half days and for many of our students the most difficult part of their week is just getting ready to begin.


Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act.

Albert Einstein



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Jon is currently the assistant principal in Dorchester County, Maryland. This is his seventh year serving as an assistant principal at the elementary level. Prior to becoming an administrator he served as a Math Coach and an elementary school teacher. During his ten years as a classroom teacher he taught first, second, fourth and fifth grades. During his sixth year teaching he earned Nationally Board Certification, which he held for ten years. For seven years he ran a Young Gentleman's Club that was aimed at helping young men reach their full potential.  

Jon received a B.A. from Furman University while majoring in Philosophy. He later went on to earn his B.S from Salisbury University while majoring in Elementary Education. Jon was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to student teach in New Zealand. He eventually received his M.A. degree from Salisbury University in Public School Administration.

Jon lives in Cambridge, Maryland with his amazing wife and two awesome children.

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