Real talk time

I’d been contemplating a whole slew of post topics for this evening, but frankly, when it comes down to it, I don’t have the energy today to get fired up enough to write anything eloquent or impassioned. I’m being honest about that here, obviously, but I keep picturing myself trying to get up and teach classes in this funk, and I don’t love it. So I’m wondering what other folks – particularly teachers, but anyone in a high-intensity people-facing profession – do on those kinds of days: teachers dealing with grief/trauma/depression/anxiety/whatever else, how do you deal with bad days? Do you call in sick? Declare it a silent reading or movie watching day? Grit your teeth and check your personal life at the door? Level with your students about it and hope that being vulnerable helps them relate to you rather than take advantage of you? Lope along at half speed with no explanation?

Like anything else in education, I’m sure the “right” answer is case-by-case based on situation and personality rather than there being a universal best practice. If anyone can speak to being open with students in ways that build healthy trust rather than inappropriate emotional outlets, though, I’d love to hear what you think.

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming…

…to bring you a snowstorm-induced lack of time to write the planned post. A question instead, spurred by a Girl Scouts workshop I helped lead this past weekend: how do you talk to kids about creating usernames and passwords? Fortunately, all but one of the girls in my group already had a pretty good idea of what they needed to do, but I ended up sort of stuttering, “Uh, it’s like a nickname you create for this website…”. And passwords? Shoot, even us grown folks are struggling with those.