slice of life: school is closed

Around 9:30 am, the emails and phone calls went out to parents informing them that our schools would close for two weeks. The “fluid” situation now had defining edges that shifted our classroom’s direction on Friday.

I pose the question.
What if we had to learn at home for a while?

The electronic solutions came first.
Google classroom, slides, docs, blogs.
But what about kids who don’t have devices?
And what about WiFi?
How about notebooks, books?
But how can we communicate with our reading partners?
What about setting up chats?
Back and forth.

We settle down, eat breakfast, play math games, write, get books, set up shared google docs for book conversations, share Gold Rush learning.
I make sure all students have a device for home use.
Do an experiment with electricity, distribute textbooks, and memos from the district. Play games.

Normal and not so normal.

Students are unsettled.
D– says he will miss school.
C– says she is looking forward to sleeping in.
K– sits alone, writing up her daily plan.
A– mentions this is the second year we have had to leave school in the middle of the school year. Last year was the strike.
M– says that was sooo boring!

I talk with students privately.
About who will be there for them at home.
If they need anything.

The day ends too quickly.
Off they go.

I pack up my plants. IMG_9177Take pictures of charts I might need to send students, and then I see this

The graphic novel section of the library my students maintain.

So sad.

17 thoughts on “slice of life: school is closed

  1. I feel lonely too and my official move to online hasn’t even started yet! I think I’m anticipating feeling lonely. This is powerfully written–the short lines and the stripped-down prose convey that hollow feeling of not knowing what will come next.

  2. What an insightful view of your classroom and the last day of togetherness for a while. You have good plans (as good as they can be) for going forward. Yet that picture with the closed sign is so sad.

  3. The goodbyes were hard yesterday. Even though people have shared wha tit has been like for them to have distance learning, I still can’t imagine what it will be like.

  4. That picture is such a final mark of punctuation. I anticipate having a day like this on Monday, if we are lucky. If a case is identified within our county, I fear that there will be no goodbye and no preparation. Just closed.

  5. Oh that sign! That reminds me of a post I just read about the public library closing. Online is no substitute for real life learning. I hope we are all back and putting up open signs soon.

  6. It is so sad, but at least you had the chance to say proper good-byes to your kids. (Oh, how I hope it isn’t good-bye to them being your students.) When are you scheduled to resume school?

    • The district has said two weeks. I can imagine it being extended through the end of Spring break. The thought of this being the end of my year with them is just too painful to consider.

  7. We had an early release day on Friday and received the email less than an hour before dismissal. There was no time for goodbyes or preparation. Spring break is this week, and I think it will all hit me the following week. It is all so unsettling.

  8. I heard a plethora of emotions yesterday from the kids. You captured them. It came too fast. Maybe that was a good thing like ripping off the band-aid, going slow makes it more painful. It’s like being caught in a whirlwind. Once things settle, we’ll embrace this and succeed. (I hope) I still worry for many. Somehow I want to figure out how to keep the closeness in tack. I felt that emotion as I read your slice.

  9. Julieanne, all the teachers I know are bote.hered that children will lose out on guidance during the remote learning phase. I thought your ending photo was sad. Best of luck in the weeks to come.

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