To say this year has been like none other is the understatement of the millennium.
We’re virtual! Figure out childcare for your kids so you can be tied to your computer. Here’s a new learning platform. And 42 videos about Microsoft Teams! Be sure to not to require cameras on but please remember to give specific, timely, and meaningful feedback. Here are 37 apps for your students to use. Got it? Oh, and do this unrelated pd too, please.
Oh, hey! We’re going back in person! Did you fill out all your health forms for exemptions? Make new class lists and schedules? Oh, wait. No we’re not going back! So here’s a new way to teach reading groups, with lesson plans written like a dissertation and links to 23 different sites to go for resources. And oh, here’s this new mandate from the state about interventions. See your reading specialists for help. Best of luck.
Hey! We’re going back in two weeks. K-2 teachers, you get a new class! Learn all about them to make sure they make academic growth, m’kay? Write two days of in person lessons and two virtual. Suitcases are effective transportation for taking the contents of your class to and from school. 3-5 teachers, you get to keep your whole class! It’s just that you will have some kids on Tuesday/Wednesday, others Thurs/Friday and others only virtual. Here is a document from each department regarding how to teach in person from six feet away. And please read this 18 page return to school handbook with hyperlinks outlining all of our new procedures and policies. See you soon!
Exhausting. So many teachers are on the brink. Tight. Pinched. Short. As a coach I am often on the receiving end of the frustration.
Which is why you may think I really lost my marbles if I told you I voluntarily went to a weekend pd session. But heading to TC’s virtual Saturday Reunion is exactly what I needed. I couldn’t stay long because, well, that little childcare issue. But, just being in the presence of passionate, positive people sharing their love of teaching with others let in enough light to keep me going.