I got an email from my school district yesterday marked -ACTION required- in the subject line. It was a survey for staff asking about our confidence and concerns about in-person, distance, or a hybrid of the two. We had been given a similar survey at the beginning of the summer, but now, as they finalizeContinue reading “I don’t want to teach through plexiglass”
I saw a Facebook post this morning that said: It’s a cute play on words. And I get it, people long for things to go back to “normal.” But in my opinion, normal has definitely shifted, maybe even changed completely, and I don’t think it is a bad thing. From the perspective of an educator,Continue reading “What if I don’t want things to go back to normal?”
A little tribute to my dad on Father’s Day. Reliable. I remember my dad picking me up from school on my 16th birthday and taking me to the Secretary of State so I could get my driver’s license. Shortly after, I took my sister and brother for a spin in his Chevy Blazer, and laterContinue reading “If I had to choose just 3 words to describe my dad”
We were driving home from somewhere the other day, and when we turned onto our road we saw a young man out for a run. “Hey, that’s my running buddy!” Tyler announced to the car. “Oh yeah? You see him out and about when you’re jogging?” “Yep, we nod at one another.” While I don’tContinue reading “Privilege”
We were prepped ahead of time of our expectations via email as well as during our department Google Meet video chat. I grabbed the black, non-latex gloves that had been laying on the garage door steps. How long they have been there I could not tell you . But now they are needed, if notContinue reading “I went into school today”
So much uncertainty and stress So many differing opinions, best practices to stay safe, to stay healthy. It can be too much. Way too much. Focusing on the little things helps. Helps to bring some joy, some peace– The smell of warm spring air. The smell of a storm approaching. The storm itself. My kidsContinue reading “The little things”
19 school days later and things are starting to unravel around here. When school was first cancelled on March 13, my kids were excited. I am quite certain most kids were thrilled to receive the school is closed text. Without any snow days this winter, we were annoyed school had not been called off. SoContinue reading “From the mouths of babes”
As we were getting ready for bed last night, my youngest declared to my husband and me, “I am so excited for tomorrow!” “You are? Why?” we answered in unison, shocked a bit since our days have been pretty mundane lately. “Because I get to make my lunch for everyone.” I had forgotten for aContinue reading “Something to look forward to”
I started this post exactly 2 months ago. The world has shifted dramatically in those 2 months. Today is, to me, officially Day Two of our quarantine slash “homeschooling” slash social distancing slash keep yo’ behind away from others. Although Friday was cancelled for our school district, I am not counting it as an officialContinue reading “Meeting halfway”
A few weeks ago my middle son and I were driving somewhere. I don’t remember where, but for some reason it was just the two of us. There wasn’t anything unusual about this day that I can recall. We were probably just running a boring errand. Then he made this comment: “It’s weird how IContinue reading “Perspectives”
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