A good middle school principal friend of mine once said that middle school is fast and furious. Before you know it, it is over because after taking six years of time in elementary school three years feels just too quick. And as I look at the calendar and see the end of October standing before me, I believe it.

I notice that my days also fly by. Having an early start school, we have to get our rhythm going early or else the bells ring and our day is over. I also wonder if it is the nature of the day having the movement from class to class that offers moments to be checked off. Students offer great insight on their days. They talk openly with me about what they enjoy about schedules and what they don’t. Students can see classes pass along and perhaps either see a sense of accomplishment of completion or build a sense of worry of the next class ahead. In typical middle school student form, they talk about liking to come to school to be with friends and to see some teachers and not liking the rest. They have strong opinions of certain subjects. They like different classes for different reasons. At my last student leadership breakfast there was even a debate about adding minutes to the day just to offer more downtime to just hang out with friends. As much as our students may be happy for the weekends and the end of the day, they tend to linger and talk. They don’t mind the conversations with their teachers. And they are always there in the mornings before the bell ready to come in to start the day before we even have begun.

I like hearing our students talk about the importance of relationships when they talk about time at school. Every conversation I have with students they remind me of what is important to this age of student. When they talk about their classroom experiences, they talk about opportunities to collaborate. They talk about the stories their teachers share. They talk about connecting. When I sit with students in the cafeteria, they ask questions and want to know more and want to continue to build relationship.

Time is moving quickly this year. And I continue to be surprised at the pace of the days and weeks that fly. As I pause to write tonight about time, I consider what our students also tell me about time and that it is important to take that flying time to build relationships and be sure to be connecting. Use that time wisely because it will be quick.

And it is my hope that these connections we build as a school community will help us in our learning. Perhaps our learning can be deeper because it comes through that connection. And that will be time well spent.