With remote learning well under way, connecting with students has become the biggest obstacle to remote learning.
Only a few months ago, I would stand at my classroom door to greet my students. I eagerly awaited their arrival to here the stories from the night before, for hugs, high fives, and fist bumps. I looked forward to smiles, reconnecting, and preparing for the day ahead.
Now I sit at a computer in my home waiting for Dojo messages, pictures, or schedule a virtual meeting using Google Meet. This is the perfect choice for those using Google Classroom.
The announcement came. The one we all knew was coming but dreaded. We will not go back this year.
I sit not knowing how to react or what to say. I still haven't said anything to my students and their families. What is there to say? We will work remotely until the end.
I am shocked, heartbroken, and relieved. Going back means worrying about someone getting sick. Not going back means never getting to have all of those amazing end of the year experiences. So many emotions; more than I can put to words. If I can't explain it to me, how can I explain it to them?
Today is a big day. Our district has officially gone from E-learning to Remote learning. I know that it is basically the same thing but my heart doesn't know that. What started out so simply as an extended spring break has turned into something bigger, scarier, and unknown.
Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that a school could just close. Mid-year without warning. Who would have thought that not just a school but schools around the country would be questioning if we go back but yet, here we are.
What a crazy world we live in. I am shocked by schools closing. Never did I think such a thing would happen. I apologize for all those times I wished for a snow day right along with my students.
Honestly, I don't know how to feel about this right now. Do I rejoice over an extended Spring Break? Am I fearful for my family? Am I sad and missing my students? How is one to feel? What am I supposed to do right now?