Yesterday we found out that all Maryland schools will be closed for the remained of the 2019-2020 school year. We have been out since the end of the day on Friday March 13th.
Friday the 13th was the last day I saw my students before being quarantined. Friday the 13th was the last “normal” school day of my career. Things are so different , and will be from now on.
Virtual learning is the name of the game. A few years ago, I had the idea things would be digital sooner or later… but never did I imagine it happening like this.
Today was my first day meeting with my students after learning we aren’t going back to school. The students will be receiving a pass/fail grade for 3rd and 4th marking period, as well as for their final grades for the year. As of right now, we do not know how we are going to assess them and decide who passes or fails. I couldn’t imagine any students failing in this crazy unsettling time. There are so many students who do not have the support they need to succeed during this crisis.I have so many questions, I can only imagine how my students are feeling inside. How will we go on? How will this affect us in the long run? What will happen in August and September? These questions run through my mind, without any sure answers in place.
Today we reflected on what we are grateful for, using this time to remember that even in the face of uncertainty… there is still always something we can find to be grateful for.
On a brighter note, this week is teacher appreciation week… some of my students sent me messages and really pulled at my heartstrings.
In all of this uncertainty, one thing that’s for sure… is how much I love and miss my students, my classroom, and our school community. Absence does make the heart grow fonder. I truly hope I am able to see everyone again and show them how much they mean to me.
If I can give one piece of advice in this time, its to KEEP CREATING!