Back with my school (work) looks! As a teacher, I never thought I would ever work from home. Last March was something so unconceivable and unfathomable. Were we so naive to think that everything would have been okay in two weeks? Last spring was so weird and even this year. We have more structure, but it’s still feels off. Right now we’re in a hybrid model. We can teach from home on Mondays and then we teach from school and video teach on an alternating block schedule. Students come to school based on the alphabet. And students are only in the building from 8-1P.M. with no lunch. Then it’s lunch/travel time home and then office hours to wrap up the day. It was and still is hard to keep everything straight. Even though my classes are small, I still have to remember what students come in person and what students are on the video classes. Masks are also mandatory. Doing read alouds has been really hard because it feels like I’m gasping for air.
It’s a lot, but I’m still teaching. This is my 15th year in education and although the strangest, it’s probably made me the strongest (for many reasons). It’s hard for me to adjust to all the changes, I just can’t imagine being a student right now. We’re trying to give as much support as possible, but it’s very hard. If I have learned anything this past year, it’s to have patience and to be understanding. We’re all learning together.
These two looks were from the week before live students came to school. I had to teach from my classroom on Zoom. When nobody is in my room, I take off my mask; otherwise, it’s on every other minute until I get in my car. I also started posting my daily work looks because I needed something to motivate me. I missed getting dressed and being creative. I think I’ve learned that I’m one of those people that if I don’t feel put together, I can’t perform. When I was teaching from home, I didn’t “put myself” together and most days I just felt blah and very unmotivated to teach to black squares and to have one-sided conversations. This didn’t happen every day, but it did happen quite a lot. Between all the stuff with my dad, my health, remote school, being an anti-racist and the looming Pandemic, there’s been a lot to digest.
It’s been a few weeks of hybrid teaching and we don’t know for how long we will be teaching like this, but I do have to say that I feel completely different when I see live students. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still scared of getting sick and I think about it all the time, but I have to make most of the situation we’re in right now.
More looks to come!