I have been terrible with keeping up with my blogging this year. If I’m being honest, I have struggled to know what to share or write about. In years past, I naturally wander around my classroom taking photos of all of the crazy awesome things we have going on, and the photos inspire my writing. This year has been so different in that way. With masks and distancing, I have not found as many photo ops this year, which I have found has also affected my writing.
This year has been challenging in many ways. Anyone who knows me and my classroom knows I do not like to sit for long periods of time. I love to incorporate tons of movement into my lessons. I enjoy hands-on activities, team-building challenges, design challenges, drama activities, and anything else to get students thinking, doing, speaking, listening, and working together. Social distancing has made many of these activities and ideas very tricky, and some near-impossible. It has certainly encouraged some creative thinking and problem-solving for all of us.
This year continues to push and pull us in all sorts of directions. I am regularly impressed by the grit and perseverance of my students. The truth is, mindset is powerful. I have found there are two ways to think about a tough situation. You can either think, “I have to…” or you can choose to think, “I get to…”.
I have to limit my lessons to two days per week.
I get to see my students for a full 90 minutes for each day we are together.
I have to stop doing the team-building and hands-on group activities I love doing so much.
I get to be creative and stretch my thinking with how we accomplish certain things this year.
I have to follow all of these strict social distancing protocols.
I get to be part of the solution.
I have to teach 100% virtually this week.
I get to see and talk and laugh with my students in a safe way this week!
What you think about you bring about, and I am choosing to think positively about school. What other choices do we have? This is the only middle school experience these students are going to have, so I am going to bring my best to the table for them, regardless of the circumstances.
We are making it work!