Saturday, March 20, 2021

That's a Wrap!


And that’s a wrap.  My teaching time in this corner of the house has come to an end.  I’m excited to return to the school, to get up and move and to teach masked face to masked face, but I have to admit that I’m a little nostalgic for this time already.  I had no idea how zoom school was going to go with children that I didn’t know.  I was unsure about building a community through a screen and had to rethink all of my teaching ‘systems’ to do my best teaching.  But we made it and I learned a lot along the way. I learned...


  • Children can learn, and I can teach, through a screen.  It’s not the same as in person, but it is possible.


  • I’m capable of doing things I really don’t want to do.  There were many days that I just wanted to log off or throw my laptop out the window, but I didn’t.  We made it through every single day.


  • There are some cool things that technology can do.


  • There are perks to working at home!  Like slower mornings, changing my shirt or fixing my hair when I don’t like how it’s looking on the zoom screen, eating lunch with my own children.


  • Young children are still funny, even through a screen.  Lost teeth, their parent’s birthdays, seeing a classmate at a park is all still really exciting.


  • A classroom community can be built through a screen.  We can get to know one another, enjoy each other, care for each other, cheer each other on and laugh together.

9 comments:

  1. I will be wrapping it up in mid-April. I will definitely miss the perks of working at home - especially doing laundry while I teach!

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    1. Haha, true! Laundry during lunch took a lot of pressure off the weekends!

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  2. Hooray for the positives of remote learning. Best wishes of a smooth transition to school!

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  3. Love all the things you found that were good about this experience. It was definitely different but not all bad! I hope the transition back to in person goes well for you!

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    1. SO different! Thank you, I too, am hoping for a smooth transition. I'm so excited to get back to in-person.

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  4. The thing I missed about teaching through a screen was not being able to point at something. But, I agree, I miss the slow mornings.

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    1. Right!? It's so strange to be 2-dimensional! I can't wait to be back in the classroom!

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  5. I’m so glad you wrote this- I think we all should be analyzing how remote teaching has been going. Great title, and I’m glad you’ll be back to what we call IPL (in person learning!) I share all of your observations and also some pride, and I don’t want us to forget how we managed during this time.

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