Background: Parking Lot, Spring Mills High School
It was Monday. I was grouchy. I got out of my car, juggling my coffee, school bag, and lunch box.
“Good morning, Mrs. Salfia!” called a young lady dressed like the Statue of Liberty. Another student walked by me wearing a giant Uncle Sam hat and a fake white beard. Around me a horde of red, white, and blue clad students filed into Spring Mills High. One young man zoomed past me, his American flag cape flapping behind him. All around me were wild costumes and excited chatter. I looked around at the joy spilling into and down the hallways, and I felt my bad mood dissipating.
It was ‘Merica Monday, the first day of Spirit Week.
The Best Thing: Spirit Week
For you non-teachers, Spirit Week is the week leading up to Homecoming, and most schools allow themed dress-up days. For teachers, Spirit Week is a difficult time to get any real intellectual heavy lifting done, but I’d like to argue that for many schools Spirit Week is one of the “Best Things” of the year.
Here’s why I love Spirit Week:
So next time Spirit Week rolls around, and your knee jerk reaction is to grumble about loss of instructional time and changes to your schedule, try to see this week through the lens of a "best thing." As another way for us to reach our students, and get them to take ownership in their community, schools and classrooms!
And also, there's a chance you'll get to have an ancient Greek hero in class--which is never a bad day at work.
Happy Fall Everyone!