and that’s okay with me. Nevertheless I will take the time to write it.
Yesterday completed 5 weeks since I last was in school with my students (March 13). That is 6 “school days” of Spring Break, 3 days of break for Easter (as a Catholic school, off for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Monday), and now 16 days of virtual school where we cannot require them to be online at any particular time. Most of my students (almost all seniors) are keeping up with the work I assign them, but some are totally tuned out, and there is little I can do to motivate them. That is somewhat offset by several students who are FINALLY doing their work, because they want to be able to “graduate” (whatever that may mean in the context of schools being closed, at least through May 15 in Maryland where I teach, and likely until the Fall).
I have finally been able to sit down and truly reflect — and not just on the impact on our lives of COVID-19, but also on the kinds of issues about which I used to opine so often in the space of this electronic community.
So consider this as one of what I used to regularly offer on Saturday mornings — a reflection by one whose self-identification is as a teacher.