Like many teachers across the country, I am eyeball deep in preparations for our district to go online with our learning. Like many teachers, I’m putting an immense amount of time and energy into thinking about how I will preserve the relationships I have with my kiddos while I maintain adequate “social distancing.”
What’s so very hard about the whole situation is that I will just…miss their faces. I will miss the joking around together. I will miss our dismissal dance parties, our musical partner activities, and I will miss the sheer joy and love my kids have for all things learning. I’ve thought about a few ways to maintain those relationships, and I’ve got a few ideas, including:
-Google chats for kids who want to talk about their writing
-Video “pep talks” from me where I share encouraging messages for my young readers and writers
-An open forum for them to post videos, writing they’re proud of, self-made memes and the like
But the one thing that dawned on me today? One thing I’m crazy excited for?
Well….it stretches back probably about two decades to an assignment I used to give to my students. At the start of the year, I would ask my students to scope out their houses for a cozy place to read. Kids came up with all kinds of things: their closets, their beds, under the dining room table…you name it.
Then, once a week, their homework would be FYCPAR:
Find Your Cozy Place And Read.
It was, by far, the most popular homework I have ever assigned. (That, and the Shakespearean insults. But I digress.)
So today, as I was considering how to continue my students’ writing instruction, it hit me.
Ladies, Gentlemen and Non-Binary Friends, I hereby give you:
FIND YOUR COZY PLACE AND WRITE.
I’ve found mine, and I can’t wait until my students show me their hidey-holes, their nooks, their crannies, their soft and safe spaces.
I don’t have to like that I’ll miss my loveys for however long. But I can savor and appreciate the time and space we will create, however we can.
If you need me, you know where I’ll be…