My Almost Empty Room – Day 1 of Remote Teaching

This weekend was busy learning how to use Zoom and preparing lessons to go online. My daughter had a double ear infection and was not doing well. But I got everything together and was excited to go into Monday.

There were a couple people on campus today but without students everything lagged. Classes on Zoom went pretty well. There was a bit of a learning curve, meaning that we didn’t get as much done as I would have liked. I made sure to collect exit tickets on Showbie and most students gave the first day a thumbs up. I will be sure to add more detail to all my prompts.

On the upside, I got to have my son come to school today. He built LEGOs, did math, practiced writing, and read with me for a while. I had to learn a bit about SeeSaw, an app he is using for virtual kindergarten. When Jonathan’s Amazon Fire was vertically oriented, I couldn’t see the instructions from his teacher, something I realized when I got home. Jaime and I got caught up with his lessons.

Jaime and I talked about all the parents posting on social media. Some seemsed to have stuff together. We didn’t. At least it didn’t feel like that. There were plenty of people sharing failures and being cynical. I get that. I relate to that. This is a difficult time for a lot of people. Some people need to present perfection. Some of us wallow in dark humor and self piety. These are both emotional responses to a new and uncomfortable situation.

I am also reading about friends losing their jobs and the Dow Jones losing another 3,000 points. Please look out for one another. If you can manage to help out by floating a loan or ordering take out, do so. It will make a difference. Take care of each other!

But it is Monday night. I have worked somewhere between 10-11 hours and have a little left in my tank. I think I am going to push on a bit more.

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