It’s hard to wrap my brain around exactly what is going on these days. I am sure many of you who are reading this blog are experiencing similar feelings. Yes, we are all watching the news and being flexible and patient as we learn new information. This information is fluid and changing by the day, making it hard to feel one way or another.
I’ve been reading more and listening to podcasts to occupy my mind while I work from home. What I realized over the past few weeks is there were so many educators that were so stressed and burnt out that they felt guilty to actually have a moment to pause. A moment to reset from grading and teaching, from report cards and assessments, from accommodating scholar needs and reteaching content, from meeting with parents and planning for conferences. Many of the teachers and educators I spoke to were exhausted.
Some of our schools are still on spring break and thinking, planning what the next several weeks will look like when we do not return to school, but begin distance learning. How will we connect with our scholars? How will we know they are okay? What will learning look like? How will we meet the needs of ALL of our scholars? Will we return to school? Who is “essential” and who is “non essential” during this school closure time frame?
Each day we learn new facts and are left to navigate an uncharted course. Today, I learned what distance learning looks like on paper for principals, teachers and families. Our school will provide our scholars with hardcopy materials that will be available for curbside pickup. Teachers will provide additional lessons and resources by utilizing virtual platforms. I have so many questions. Will all of our scholars be able to pick up materials? Will these materials be graded? What will it look like for our ESS scholars?
What does distance learning look like for you? What challenges and celebrations are you experiencing?