Students display a fair number of social/emotional needs during the school day.
Getting along with one another is a large focus of the job. They are learning to be citizens of larger communities and with that comes lots of teaching.
It's critical that these needs are addressed as well as the academic needs of children.
It's imperative that we're sensitive and typically we are. Once in a while there may be times when you make the wrong call, and when that happens it's good to be frank by explaining why you did what you did and how you will do it next time.
I slowed it down today in light of the holidays. We had a more structured, slow, and focused day, but still it could have been slower. Hence, I'll bring it down another notch tomorrow leaving enough time to respond well to the typical seasonal social/emotional needs. Onward.