I chose red for September in honor of little red school houses as kids, teaches and staff head back to school. Some from home, some back to brick and mortar. Some full time, some hybrid, some home schooled. Best of luck to them all! There are no easy choices right now, whatever option you and your loved ones choose, please stay safe, learn lots and keep working hard with grace and appreciation. These are extraordinary times, we will get through it and come out at the end stronger, more resilient and with new skills that we didn't know we needed.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
The sun still comes up every day. I'm just going to keep on getting through each new day, catching the fish that don't fly away and being happy with little moments of success.
Saturday, August 22, 2020
School starts Monday. I guess we are as ready as we can be. We are stocked up (for now) on hand sanitizer and masks. My desks are spaced out. I've worked with most of the teachers at some point to practice meeting with online learners so that we can all do that while teaching our in class learners. We finally got a list of who are online learners were. I sent home goody bags for mine with beans and marshmallows and pipe cleaners and pipettes. All sorts of models and manipulative to use along the way. I even sent microscopes, slides and coverslips. Someone sent us a box with hundreds of cardboard microscopes. That might be fun.
I hunted roly poly bugs. Everyone will need their own this year to avoid having to work in groups or share supplies.
Kurt bought a sailboat. I haven't been out with him yet, but hopefully I will do that soon.
I've still managed to see several sunrises, though it makes me sad to say that some mornings I had to leave for school too early and missed starting the day with wonder and joy.
Kids will be there Monday. Some in person, some online. This will be the most fascinating first day of school ever.
Saturday, August 15, 2020
So Wednesday and Thursday there was training to make sure teachers could handle that. Wednesday the district provided a bunch of videos and Google Classrooms for teachers to work through self-paced instruction. Then Thursday, our school based team did a live training in the same form we are asking the teachers to do with their students. There were three of us. One teacher delivered instruction, another monitored chat to answer questions. I was the crazy lady running from classroom to classroom helping the people who couldn't even get in to the training. I did that Wednesday all day as well. If you couldn't find the training, or sign up for it, or log in to your silly computer, you called me and I came running.
There is no reason to think that I have COVID. I wear a mask and wash my hands, and only have the contact I need to do my job. Unfortunately, what I need is to do is to sit next to every sick, fragile, elderly teacher at our school and help them use their computers to teach the kids who won't be here. If I do end up sick, the contact tracing will be a nightmare.
What a strange week it has been. I caught a couple of sunrises before things got really crazy and I stopped being able to sleep at night. It is going to take a while to learn how to gracefully navigate this new normal. I'm a bit worried that the positive tests will start rolling in as soon as the kids come back, but I guess that we will all handle those cases as they happen. The kids are able to choose to stay home, but I can't do that until someone figures out that having us all come together in shared spaces in a state with HUGE community spread of a deadly virus might not be the wisest course of action. I can see all the sides of the issue, truly I can. I'm just a little stressed right now because I'm on a side with no good choices, in shared spaces with people who are going to end up sick.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Until then, I'll live vicariously through your scraps and look longingly at mine waiting patiently for me to put away the technology training and online tutorials.
Saturday, August 1, 2020
I love new months. New colors are so much fun! Not that I have been able to fully enjoy sewing time recently, but I have enjoyed thinking about sewing time. We are watching and waiting for a Isiais. So it might turn into a rainy weekend. Just one more week before teachers return to school. They are giving us two weeks to work at school, and we will need every minute of that time and more. I just wish I was sure how long we will last in the classroom before being sent home for good. Watching how things are going with other large scale organizations opening up, I am predicting that it will happen fast. Three entire graduations have been quarantined from our county, and baseball has been fascinating. Our local stat representative popped up positive right after visiting our school. I have no control over any of it of course, but I'm not working too far ahead on in person teaching plans.