Hard to decide exactly what to write about. There’s certainly no shortage of topics. I have thoughts about the alchemy of online teaching and learning – how something that begins as a one-to-many exchange on the return trip is transformed into multiple one-on-one dialogues. An essay idea about how the heaviest burdens of this pandemic will be borne disproportionately by women, especially low income and precarious workers, keeps popping up, looking for a place to land. I could write about my first short video lessons and the responses that came back.
Of all the things, I think a moment to acknowledge the relief of being back in cahoots with students. After the many meetings and messages, I felt a genuine and sweeping relief as the first videos and pictures and emojis showed up on SeeSaw. Kids and parents making the most of the situation. My directions were sufficient, the task was doable and fun. The tech worked!
I didn’t realize how much I needed the kids – their faces, their enthusiasm, their humor. They validated my every reason for fretting over this whole process. I’m glad that I took the time to worry a bit over the possible losses of having to ditch face-to-face school, because as charming as this all seems today, in 2 or 3 or 4 weeks time we can anticipate that the struggle to continue will be very real. That said, today’s success is real and can be attributed to the folks I work with.
My colleagues are amazing! One of the great benefits of using a common platform is that we can witness each others’ magic. So much care put into each lesson and interaction! I am humbled to be teaching alongside these folks.
So now at the end of this exciting first day, I’ll admit I’m a little spent. There’s dinner to make and a tween to pry from his recreational screen. There’s laundry to be hung up. That essay on women doing triple duty during this crisis is still on my mind. Another time for that one, though.