I am a fall aficionado! I deliriously love the season, enjoy all the change it brings, love fall sports, and enjoy the feverish fun that results from a well planned and scheduled spirit week. There is just something about the energy that hums along the hallways that lifts my spirits.
Sure it’s awesome to catch a bone and get a bonus casual dress day, but I can guarantee you the students enjoy seeing their teachers look a little less than perfect and letting loose. Spirit days, and teacher participation, allow us to connect and be more human in the eyes of our students. During these silly, spirited days we cease to be red-pen wielding grading machines and become kids ourselves capable of being strange and unique. No where is strange and unique more appreciated than at the middle school level. The range of the strange is tough and when we let our hair down and let them see us be real, it does our students good!
Friday our work week will culminate the in ultimate in teen spirit displays, the first pep rally of the year. Teachers and students alike will don their blue and white and participate in crazy challenges to obtain the Sacred Paw. This is a moment of sheer passion and an energy like none I have ever experienced prior to a full moon at the elementary level. These kids, and their teachers, are in it to win it!
So when you see an educator leaving their job in the tackiest of western wear or a crayon hat, don’t roll your eyes and shake your head. Instead, smile and know that your students have got role models who are willing to live out loud and proud for their students and their school.