I received a wonderful email this morning from a family in my class. Their 2nd grader decided they needed to have a family Morning Meeting. I was treated to a photo of the family gathered around the table wishing me well during our time of social distancing. The photo warmed my heart and made me long for our Morning Meeting time in Room 181. We were to return to school today after our spring break. I should have been hearing stories about spring break travels and local outings to get ice cream or jump on trampolines but instead I’m on my couch with a progress report deadline looming and the unknown of what will be expected of me to provide online learning beginning next week.
I know a lot of us are in this same situation of uncertainty about teaching online but honestly my greater concern right now is for my own family. I have elderly family members, those with compromised immune systems, some who work in healthcare, childcare and teaching and my own two children live in cities with diagnosed cases of Coronavirus. Thing 1 is considered essential personnel and is required to be in the office of the huge corporation he works for and Thing 2 lives in Seattle where the majority of deaths in the U.S. have occurred.
I’m wearing a lot of hats right now and feel a little helpless in all my roles; wife, mom, sister, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law and teacher. I know we’ll get through this but like post-Columbine, post-9/11 and post-Sandy Hook life and school will be changed forever. I’m hoping and praying this all passes quickly and we are able to avoid some of what other countries like Iran and Italy have experienced.
Thank you to the family who brought a smile to my face this morning. It was a great distraction and a reminder of some of what I love about teaching 2nd grade. To those of you at home with children, please be patient with your schools and teachers as we are in uncharted waters. We would much rather be at school with your children than learning how to teach remotely. We will be working diligently to provide meaningful experiences for our students and we’re looking forward to being back in our classrooms as soon as possible.
Thank you to the Two Writing Teachers for opening up the Slice of Life Challenge mid-month for those of us who didn’t join at the beginning this year. We appreciate the opportunity to share and support others during these uncertain times.