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The New Normal

Hi y’all,

The Coronavirus has made the state of Virginia cancel in-person schooling for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.

I never got to say goodbye to my kiddos in person, but we are continuing with e-learning. Obviously, this is very different than a normal day for my students and me.

For the past two weeks, we have not been asked to give any mandatory work. Last week, I started doing Zoom meetings with my students to do read aloud. We’re doing them twice a week for about 30-40 minutes. I read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and then we chat. We talk about everything from the book to what is going on in their lives. If they need anything, how to find books, etc.

This week, we have a “review week” where all the materials we give are review for strands we have already taught.

The New Normal

This is my daily schedule right now:

anywhere between 7ish and  8ish-wake up, get breakfast, get somewhat ready

8:00ish- start checking emails, Seesaw messages, etc. I also gave my families a Google Voice number they can call or text me on, so I check that as well. Prepare what I need to for the day.

9:00 (on Tuesday/Thursday)- Zoom meeting with my kiddos.

10:00ish-look over strands still to be taught (these are Writing and Social Studies as we’ve finished the Reading strands). Find different ways to teach these strands.

11:00ish-check email/Seesaw again. Start finding activities for strands.

12:00ish-lunch and break

1:00ish-3:00-check emails, plan, call families, continue finding activities.

3:00-clean up for the day.

3:00-4:00-workout

4:00-8:00- read and do work for my grad classes, eat dinner, relax.

I’m trying to find activities my kids can do independently that do not require them to login at a certain time. The Zoom meetings are completely optional.

Does my day look like this all the time? Absolutely not. It is also a work in progress. As an elementary school teacher, I never foresaw myself having to e-teach. I’m very fortunate that most of my students can work independently. I’m also glad that I set up my classroom that way I did. My students actually work independently for 30 minutes of our Reading class each day. Does this mean they will handle virtual learning better? Absolutely not. It means that they have some preparation and know my expectations for the work. We also have 15 minutes (but not always) of whole group, and 15 minutes for small groups. I have been teaching Writing and Social Studies as whole group. Next year, we already know our schedule will change a little bit, as we will have dedicated writing time, and that is one of the things I am working really hard on right now. I want to have my Writing units as planned as I can before June when our school year is over. I’ll keep you updated on that one though. I’m also keeping my schedule flexible. I’m definitely keeping my “school hours” between 8 and 3, just like a normal day with students; however, what actually gets done in this timeframe changes daily.

Now that so many people are working virtually, what is your schedule like?

xx,

Lindsey

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