In all my career, I have never considered that I would be teaching during a pandemic. Heck, I never even thought I would see a pandemic (other than the HIV/AIDES outbreak). It’s worse than anything I’ve ever seen. It has taken the normal right out of me.
Pandemic or not, today was the first day back for teachers and I’m exhausted. Online meetings all day don’t help, either. But, we need to keep going if only for our students. We have an open house at 6:00 pm. You guessed it…online.
My point is, this pandemic has taken the normal out of all of us. Teachers work to create an engaging lesson for students through a platform that may or may not work. Be compassionate, helpful, and kind. All the while, accurately gauging understanding of the skill through a computer. Students struggle to understand because they aren’t at school interacting with peers and teachers. They are tied to a computer all day. Parents are concerned because they have to work to keep food on the table and roof over their heads while leaving the kids at home to do what they need to do. And no one can figure out how to get back to some sort of normal.