Social distancing guidelines do not allow for hugs in most situations. And compared to my typical teacher hug routine, I would guess I’m about 90% successful at school. Although honestly, it feels more like missed opportunities than successes.
One day last week, there was an opportunity I’m glad I did not miss.
Music class is supposed to be fun and engaging. At least, that is my plan. And when I cannot seem to get a student interested, engaged, connecting-it is frustrating. Last week I had one of those kiddos.
In our first class together, there was constant disruption. This student showed no desire to participate. No matter what I tried, he was determined to get out of the room.
The next time I came to this class, something was different. I have no idea what had happened before my arrival, but my friend was sitting there ready for music.
Now, several reminders and redirections were needed, but there was also participation! And he made it through the entire lesson. Even though it was a small step, I counted it a success.
Later in the day, I walked past the same class heading out to recess. I caught the eye of my friend. “You did a great job in music today. I am really proud of you,” I said. He stepped out of line and sheepishly reached one arm out to give me a hug. His reach was hesitant, his eyes looking down.
Needless to say, social distancing guidelines flew right out the window.
This was a big step, and a hug I could not refuse. ❤