The days are starting to get cooler, but it’s not winter yet.
The days are inching towards September. August is over and done with.
It’s time for a new school year, but nothing will be the same.
My grade level team was in the school building this weekend, but I stayed home to read, write and rest. The work is never done, but we always think a few more hours will get us “ready” for the first day of school. I don’t blame my teammates; in years past I would be right there with them.
This will be my 35th first day of school, but I was on medical leave all of last year, so does that make it my 34th? Hmm.
But nothing in this first day of school will be the same. And, we’ve all accepted that fact, but we’re not happy.
I’m so tired of thinking about this pandemic and all it’s done to our lives, but still we push through. “We’re wired to do hard things,” someone famously said, but no one said it would be easy.
The uncertainty of what may happen is making this new school year feel surreal like we’re all waiting for something to go wrong and then we can say, “Told you so!” That would not be our best moment, but we are all struggling to make this time be OK. Is that even possible?
So, all 3 teacher work days are in the book. Today some students arrived, but not all students. The rest will come tomorrow and some have opted for the online learning hub.
My classroom was bare, sterile someone called it, except for 22 physically distanced student desks, but not really. How can that really happen in a school? The desks are in rows facing the white board or what would be the front of the room. Kids stay in their seats and the teacher is at the front of the room.
I know teachers will make this work. We always do. No matter what is thrown at us teachers hunker down and figure it out.
Now that students have arrived and my 35th (or 34th) first day of school is in the books, it will be easier to move forward because despite what some are saying, teachers want to teach their students in a classroom, but without feeling fearful for their safety.
Next Tuesday will offer another story to tell.
Cross posted to the Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life Story Challenge