Day 6 for me.

I can see it on social media. I read the concerns. The frustrations of new COVID protocols. Everything has changed. Recess, lunch, lining up, helping friends, playing, interacting, dismissing from schools, keeping a safe distance from our friends, loading the bus, passing out materials, handwashing, handwashing, handwashing. Everything. My friends who are parents of youngContinue reading “Day 6 for me.”

Day 5 for me.

Today marks the beginning of my second week back to school, with in-person learning and hybrid instruction that includes a combination of remote-learning from home or remote-learning at school in a designated hybrid room. My district wanted to provide families with a variety of instructional options. As a result, educators are adapting to quickly learningContinue reading “Day 5 for me.”

My first weekend. A holiday weekend break.

I have vowed to myself not to touch schoolwork this weekend. I have worked nonstop since the March closure preparing to start school at new schools, at new grade levels, amongst new artists and their teachers. I’ve planned for a return to school having a classroom studio, then immediately had to change plans to travelContinue reading “My first weekend. A holiday weekend break.”

Fourth day of school for me.

First day at my second new-to-me-school, new-to-me-artists, pushing into new rooms, colleagues, and COVID protocols. More reflections running through my mind: Please be aware that I am not complaining, just offering my observations and thoughts. The most special moment this week happened on my first day of school. It was dismissal time. All of theContinue reading “Fourth day of school for me.”

Third day of school for me. First day with all of the IP (in-person) learners inside the building.

Reflections running through my mind from teaching during a pandemic, continued: Recess was revised yesterday, as were the duties. Score for me – I’m now on office duty covering for our delightful secretary’s entire lunch break at one of my schools. No more recess duty here, unless revisions occur again. Note to self: enjoy theContinue reading “Third day of school for me. First day with all of the IP (in-person) learners inside the building.”

Second day of school for me. First day of school for the other half of our learners.

A “Soft” opening. Reflections running through my mind from teaching during a pandemic: Everyone is kind and generous with his or her time. Faculty and staff continue to support one another, and help each other, despite overlooked or unthought-of kinks that lead to delays, frustrations and confusion. I’m sure all educators and schools are havingContinue reading “Second day of school for me. First day of school for the other half of our learners.”

Year 17, 1st day back to school.

A soft opening for the first two days in my district. Half of the students are experiencing their 1st day back to school today; the rest will have their 1st day tomorrow. New position, new grade levels, 3 buildings, no classroom, limited materials, no sharing of supplies. I teach art. In the age of aContinue reading “Year 17, 1st day back to school.”