As I breezed the Twitter stream awhile today, I noticed a number of people from various reaches of the United States hailing that their school had already been announced CLOSED on Jan. 6 due to inclement weather – snow and ice!
Just one example:
Well well my former Michigan co-workers already have school closed for tomorrow. They r deep n snow! Their bragging has begun lol [emphasis mine]
Like you maybe, I’ve heard about strange rituals like children wearing pajamas inside out and flushing ice cubes down the toilet to encourage the elements to delay or cancel school.
So, of course, I cannot help but wonder:
What would make school so great as a learning-and-engagement community that teachers and students would actually be sad, devastated even, when school was canceled for inclement weather?
We should design for that emotion! For that desired user experience!
And if school canceled simply provides more time for people to do other things that get neglected “due to” their professional/school lives – hence the excitement about the cancelation, then we could learn from those insights, too! But I imagine that’s not all that’s at stake. How ’bout you?!
[Selfish blogger’s note: I so wish hundreds…thousands of people would fill the comments with examples of what school would/could be like that would make them sad if it got canceled due to weather. And then I wish we would make those schools happen more!]
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Great question, Bo. I think the more genuine connections we create – between and among faculty, faculty and students, and students themselves, the more all of us would look forward to getting back to school. I myself am going to an AP seminar, and find myself wishing I were heading back to campus instead, so I guess that is a good sign!
How great to hear from you in this space! Thank you. For certain, the core (and corp) of our work is the genuine, personal connections. Well said. I would add the connection: learner to the world of his/her explorations; citizen to her/his community.
Happy New Year. Hope to see you soon, now that we are even closer geographically!