For many of us, day one of virtual learning is done. We have survived the uncertainty, the overwhelming sense of apprehension that plagued many of us. I think that is safe to say for everyone involved; parents, teachers, and students. We are in unchartered territory. Some of my colleagues are better prepared than I am. Many high school teachers have had an online classroom so to speak for a long time. Many of my fellow elementary teachers flip their classrooms and use more technology than others. Yesterday, that didn't matter. We are all in the same boat!
As a collective teaching population (parents and teachers), we walked the same walk. Technology stopped working for everyone, even for a minute. People felt a new appreciation for each other, whether that was a parent realizing what a small portion of teaching was like, or a teacher realizing that they can't sit still for long periods of time. Students may have realized that they do enjoy going to school....probably too soon for that.... at least at my house 😉! My point is that we were in this together, at the same time going through the same things. How cool is that? How often in your lifetime will you be able to say that?
I have made a conscious decision to see the positive, the good, the sunshine through the clouds so to speak. Will today be challenging? Sure it will, I have no doubt there will be issues and glitches and things that don't work. Life is messy and there is no reason to believe that virtual learning will not be. You know what? That is ok! I will deal with what comes my way. After all, I am a teacher and a mom of two teenage boys.....I can do anything!!
PS - You can see the reason this blog is titled Sunshine, Kindness, and Teaching, right? I am such a Polyanna 😜