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who got into with other cold water one kids in their step at a time same grade. when I went By the end swimming. I of the week, would let my they are usufeet and legs ally told their FAMILY FUNCT ION get used to new classroom the temperaand teacher ture, then I would go a little assignments. It’s a fairly deeper. Usually I only got as complicated process for edudeep as my waist and then cators to balance the number had to force myself to dunk of students in each classroom in over my head anyways. because there are several This method didn’t make the variables to consider. water feel any less cold than Some of the variables are doing a cannon ball into the related to the needs of the deep end, and if anything it students, some are related just prolonged the inevitable to contract restrictions, and pain. Eventually I realized some are purely related to that running and jumping the number of students in a into cold water is the best given grade who have left or way to do it. arrived over the summer. For some elementary Sometimes it works out school kids, going back to brilliantly and sometimes it school is a bit like pulling a requires a significant amount Band-Aid off slowly or getof shuffling. Most schools ting into cold water one step prefer to do all of the shufat a time. fling before giving classroom Most schools have their assignments in order to avoid students go back for an hour disrupting the students after on the first day then spend they have already settled in the next few days either with to what they thought was their old teacher in their old going to be their new class. classroom or in a classroom In theory, I would have
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