A day that I will never forget – SOLSC Day #16

9748 steps.  Emailing parents and community members (that I ignored all day) back at 4:30 PM.  Exhausted.  This sums up my school day perfectly. The school day that started with the stipulation that the county will close schools if there is one confirmed case of the virus, and it took until 10:00 AM for this to happen.  2 hours.  When word got out, and at a middle school word gets out fast (I sweat that it was out at 9:59 AM – how did they know?), the rest of the day was a wash.  And really, who can blame an eleven, twelve, thirteen, or fourteen-year-old for this?

The exhaustion doesn’t come from the kids’ wild excitement that school is closed for three weeks (Do they know that we are sending home work?), but instead by the change of directive about how work was going to go home.  I felt like the communication mirrored that of the spread of the virus.  I couldn’t keep up.  But one thing is absolutely certain, I wasted hours devising and creating distant learning plans that can’t be used because of the lack of computers and the uniformity of the lessons with my other sixth grade colleagues.  It is strange because we don’t teach the same way or with the same materials all school year (we do teach the same curriculum and content), so why do we start now?  This is a question that I can’t answer, and one that I will file away with the many other questions that I can’t answer these days.  Now that the uniform plan and packet is complete, one thing is definitely worrying me, and that it, will we need to change the whole plan and do something different tomorrow?  I sure hope not, but if we continue on this new path of normalcy, we will be creating something totally different tomorrow.

As I arrived at home to find my fourth grader already starting the work for the next three weeks (and my high school children stating that they will start it tomorrow or Wednesday – yeah right, they have two parents that are teachers), I am relieved and hopeful that this will work and slow the virus.  I will miss school SO MUCH, but I won’t stop teaching (at home and long distance) and I won’t stop communicating with my students.  We will make it through this, and hopefully, we will all learn something in the process.  In the meantime, wash your hands and stay healthy!

6 thoughts on “A day that I will never forget – SOLSC Day #16

  1. The hardest part of this for me is not being able to communicate with my students!! Minus the few parents I am personally friends with who I can check in with, I do not have Facebook contact or a Google Classroom or anything- you can bet that I will be setting one up for future years, if nothing else so that I can have a place to have all my kids in one spot when we aren’t physically together. I am writing letters today and mailing them out with an extra envelope and stamp so they can write me back. We have been told not to give any work or online resources (as of now) so I essentially have 2 “free” weeks- and I have never felt more anxious or overwhelmed! It’s crazy. I am glad we are all keeping as safe as can be; I just hope this all ends soon.

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    1. “I essentially have 2 “free” weeks- and I have never felt more anxious or overwhelmed! It’s crazy.” This totally resonates with me and it is NOT crazy. I love routine, so I will be out of my routine for a few weeks. I’ve set up a schedule for me and the kids (they don’t love the schedule), but I am hoping that it provides routine. It is so difficult to be away from something you love doing. For the next few weeks, replace it with other things you love doing. It won’t be easy, but know that there is a teacher in central New York that is feeling the same way that you are.:) We can do this!

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  2. I could not keep up with all of the updates either. I believe that being a teacher right now is an incredibly challenging job. We’re all in this together, right?

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  3. Wow, you really got hit all in one day! We began planning last week, today was “settle in” day and tomorrow our plan goes live. But one thing the same, this weird, “do everything across grade level” mentality. I get it to a point, but like you said, we teach our own way all year, why is it different now? I miss my kids and they miss me and each other. All on their own (third grade) they found each other on Google Classroom and have been chatting. Tomorrow will feel good. Good luck!

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  4. This is just how it went in my school last Thursday except we are doing online learning. We are expected to use tools some aren’t familiar with. It has changed a couple of times since Thursday and I am sure it will change again. Just trying to go with the flow. 🤷‍♀️

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  5. “I felt like the communication mirrored that of the spread of the virus.” You nailed it in this one line. So much to understand and so much of what happened today illuminated the strengths and flaws of our colleagues (and leaders). Stay safe, my friend.

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