Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. Unknown
Last week, I received an email from the student editor of our high school’s newspaper. She is writing a feature piece on our upcoming return to full time in-person learning in April. She wanted to interview an elementary teacher to help her readers gain perspective and I was one of the lucky ones chosen.
After consulting with my principal, I agreed to the interview. She sent me her questions.
I am no saint and this year has not been easy by any standard. But, a few months ago, I decided to shift my mindset to embrace the challenges of this year, rather than lament. So with this in mind, I chose to highlight the things that are positive about our return.
The article has not been published yet, but here is a sneak peak at my answers.
How do you feel this will benefit you?
It will be easier for me to only have to plan for in-person instruction.
How do you feel this will benefit the students?
The students will benefit from the consistency of going into school everyday and from having the teacher there at all times to support their learning. They will also benefit from the increased opportunities to socialize with their peers.
Do you have any initial fears going into a full-time model?
No, I do not have any initial fears. I am fully vaccinated, so I consider myself one of the lucky ones right now. Our custodial staff and nurses have been vigilant with their commitment to the health and safety of everyone in our building. I know that this will continue to be the case.
Do you see yourself confronting any issues? How will you overcome them?
If I end up with any new students in my class from Cohort D(fully remote), I will have to spend some additional time teaching and reviewing classroom rules and routines.
Any other thoughts or ideas?
I am looking forward to the return of the familiar routine and some sense of normalcy. Some of the children will be meeting face to face for the first time, so that is exciting for them. April 5th will be a day that we will celebrate finally being able to be all together as a class.
How do you feel about students returning to in-person learning full time?