It has been 207 days since you have been in the same physical location as your students. Has that sunk in for you yet? Take some time this week and look back in your phone at pictures of yourself or loved ones from the first few weeks of March. When I look at pictures of my 2, 4, and 6 year old from March and I look at them now, they are different kids! A lifetime seems to have past. These 207 days have simultaneously flown by and dragged on like no other time in my life.
Plato said "the unexamined life is not worth living...." A peak moment from my high school career was seeing my teacher Mr. Ritscher dressed up in a bed sheet with some garland around his head explaining what that should mean for the life of his students. "If you just get home everyday and don't stop to reflect, you've wasted a day! If you waste enough days, you'll waste your life!" When I thought about Week 2 of Act 2 pre-pandemic, I had different plans. But I think the best thing we can do this week is to examine and reflect on what we learned during the pandemic, and how it will change how we teach.
Your"assignment" this week is this: Write yourself a letter.
-What did you learn about yourself in this pandemic?
-What are you proud of yourself for during the pandemic?
-What did you learn about people you love during the pandemic?
-What did you learn about your profession during the pandemic?
-How will you the last 207 days change how you live or teach?
If you feel comfortable, share your letter in Slack, if you don't want anyone to read it, don't share, that is totally fine.
For your weekly thing, post a win from our first week back!
Have a great first day of school!