Today is the 2nd of 11 days of our spring break. A part of me would like to totally ignore anything related to my teaching until I have to again start to plan, which I would like to delay at least for the next full week. But even though I assigned no work for over the break and all work was supposed tobe in before Friday 11:59 PM, realistically I have to be somewhat flexible: I have yet to be in the classroom with students this school year, most of them are in hybrid mode, some are like me still completely virtual — there are all kinds of issues that must be considered. The 3rd quarter ended on the 19th. Three weeks before I had at least 15 students in danger of failing. I nagged, encouraged, and prodded. I extended deadlines. In the end I had one failure and two more with incompletes whom I am allowing to finish the work over break. It was the right thing to do, but it was exhausting.
When we return our seniors will have their (modified because of Covid) senior retreat, which means I will not yet have students in class (not until Monday April 13). I will be one of the chaperones for the retreat, as 4 of my 5 classes are seniors, representing almost half of the senior class.
But there is more to this than the modified schedule and motivating students. Those four senior classes all study government, and thus recent events also weigh heavily on my mind.