The plan for the day was to utilize the Movie October Sky to facilitate discussions centered around growth mindset, history and social justice. We were also going to compare and contrast the movie with Hidden Figures. In addition I planned to discuss the struggles each of the lead characters experienced and how those struggles were influenced by society.
Enter a snow cone vendor showing up, sports physicals, volleyball team meetings, baseball team meetings, NJHS meetings, softball meetings, band and choir practice and an impromptu locker clean out day facilitated by the administration. There were so many interruptions today in every hour that I gave up on discussions and just let the students watch the movie. At the end of the day we got an email stating that the snow cone vendor will be back tomorrow, the 8th grade students will be pulled out of various classes to have “THE HIV” talk, sports physicals are not done, and that locker clean outs will continue.
The lesson for today is, breathe and roll with the flow! Tomorrow I will allow my students to watch the remainder of the movie and hopefully on Monday we can have our discussion, or not since finals are on Tuesday. Planning and keeping students on a schedule during the last week of school is a minute by minute endeavor!