#MASSPchat 2/27: Long Winter - How to Keep Everyone Moving Forward!

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The Topic:
Although we've seen a bit of a thaw and the sun made an appearance or two last week, it's easy to find yourself (and staff and students) in the doldrums this time of year. Forget having a "case of the Mondays" - for many of us it seems like Monday every day during the long stretch between the holidays and Spring Break. Let's talk about ways to break up the dreariness, dealing with winter illness and keeping stress to a minimum.

Meet Our Moderator:
Tammy Jackson (@tammyjmassp) joined the MASSP staff in September 2016 after a 31-year tenure with the East Jordan Public Schools, first as a teacher then assistant principal/athletic director and finally principal for the last 18 years. Along with her extensive tenure as a school administrator, Tammy has served on MASSP's board of directors including two years as president. Tammy has also been an instructor for MASSP Path to Leadership program and played a role in the development of course work for the program. As a principal Tammy has been instrumental in her districts use of 5D+, including the training of the K-12 teaching staff. Outside of her position as school principal, Tammy has served the community where she works and lives, and presiding over both on the East Jordan Rotary Club and East Jordan Chamber of Commerce.

This Week's Questions:

  1. What are the signs you are seeing in your building that both teachers and students are ready for a break?
  2. What do you do to address the stress level of your staff during the long stretch between Christmas and Spring Break?
  3. What initiatives help keep your academic culture strong at a time when student attention span may be shorter?
  4. What type of scheduling adjustments do you make to accommodate weather or illness dates?
  5. What measures do you have in place to support students when their classroom teacher is absent for an extended time?