#SOL20 Day 18: What Today Has Brought

My district has gone to day 2 of e-learning, and I challenged my kids this morning to post more of themselves and how they were doing. And they did NOT disappoint. My students post the sweetest pep talks I’ve ever seen. They’ve shared playtimes with their dogs, ideas for group story activities, forts they’ve builtContinue reading “#SOL20 Day 18: What Today Has Brought”

#SOL20 Day 17: To My Loveys

note: I’ve decided to begin each day with a “pep talk” to my kids. I had a different video shot for tomorrow, but this is the one I’m now deciding to go with… Hi Friends! We’ve made it past the first part of our e-learning experience. You’ve all logged in, logged on, and you’ve startedContinue reading “#SOL20 Day 17: To My Loveys”

#SOL20 Day 16: Not that I’m a Perfectionist

…but I have spent way too many hours combing through and over all of the e-learning resources that I’m posting for my groups. I want for their experience to be smooth. I want for them to understand what I’m asking them to do. I want them to DO it. And, most importantly, I hope thatContinue reading “#SOL20 Day 16: Not that I’m a Perfectionist”

#SOL20 Day 15: On Uncertainty

She sat, fingers poised above the keyboard, wanting to write – but before the words would come, she had to gather her thoughts from far reaches, And as she began to funnel words in, out, through, it occurred to her what a risk it was to begin to write: To face an empty space, aContinue reading “#SOL20 Day 15: On Uncertainty”

#SOL20 Day 14: The Dog Days of…March?

I love standing in the school hallways at arrival and dismissal time. It’s like a barometer that gives me readings of a different kind of atmosphere. Yesterday, as the bell rang for our half day early dismissal, the kiddos were released from classes, backpacks full of materials, heads full of instructions. Some even stopped toContinue reading “#SOL20 Day 14: The Dog Days of…March?”

#SOL20: Find Your Cozy Place And…

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 soContinue reading “#SOL20: Find Your Cozy Place And…”

#SOL20 Day 12: Taking a Moment

It seems as though there are fewer and fewer places to hide from the spectre of Coronavirus. Even those of us who set out on a conversation trying to discuss something, anything other than the impending wave, there is no escaping the momentum of what surrounds us. And so, in the midst of swimming, paddling,Continue reading “#SOL20 Day 12: Taking a Moment”

#SOL20 Day 11 (Bonus): How Bad am I at Grief? (Or…will it always be too soon?)

In my daily blogroll, I came across Laughing Squid’s post about comedian Glen Tickle, whose Netflix special is in tribute to his late brother. I can picture myself tuning in. I picture my own brother looking on from wherever he is, perhaps laughing along in that laugh I can never unhear, visiting me later onContinue reading “#SOL20 Day 11 (Bonus): How Bad am I at Grief? (Or…will it always be too soon?)”

#SOL20 Day 11: Comin’ Home

Maybe I jinxed it by missing my boy. But he’s coming home this week for Spring Break. Aaannd for the forseeable future. Yes, my son’s college has made the decision to move to online learning starting after Spring Break. And that boy, the one I’ve been missing, the one I enjoy spending time with, theContinue reading “#SOL20 Day 11: Comin’ Home”

#SOL20 Day 10: Better Late…?

You slide into bed, making sure the requisite layers cover you: Comfort. Warmth. Weight. A sense of victory wells up within. You have done it. You have achieved early bedtime. Until the moment you realize what you didn’t get done. It had to get done. Today. Try as you might to get that pit inContinue reading “#SOL20 Day 10: Better Late…?”