I would hate being a new student this late in the school year. You don’t know anyone, you don’t know where you will be sitting, you have no idea where anything is and more importantly–when’s lunch?
I got a new student this week. I had a student at his table be his buddy to guide him along. Of course, we didn’t have a normal week (come to think of it, I don’t know what a normal week looks like myself). Of course, he didn’t have the same folders and spirals we have so every time I said to get out a particular color folder or spiral, he didn’t have it. Or glue stick, or dry erase marker. Not the end of the world, but again, it has to be addressed.
We have many routines up and running, or sinking like the Titanic, but we get it right most days. This new student has so much to take in–he was tired and wanted to know when it was time to go home. I told him that I wanted to go home too!
He has 2 more days before spring break, and when we come back, we will review expectations and procedures and maybe, just maybe he will feel like he fits in.