It’s March 3rd. Only a week and some until our spring break begins. I’d like to say that I am excited. Honestly, I’m not, but I’ll be glad to not be at work. That sounds terrible, doesn’t it? But let me tell you, “teaching” in a pandemic is absolutely no fun.
This is year 20 for me, and I have enjoyed my career as a teacher. But, this? This isn’t teaching. This is something, but it ain’t that. We’re trying, we really are. I’m lucky that I teach high school. Also, my students are earning both high school and college credit so they are pretty motivated. I cannot imagine trying to do this with younger students. I don’t think I would make it.
We’ve been back teaching F2F and remotely since the end of August. Everyone has to wear masks and social distance. There are stupid plastic desk shields that have to be on almost every desk (let me tell you, these are doing nothing to contain the virus). I’ve got about 5 students that show up daily for F2F in every class and the rest are remote.
What does remote look like? Well, I guess I could have required students to have their cameras on at all times, but I didn’t and I don’t so I get to look at a screen with black squares with white names across them. Not one student turns on a camera. When I try to have a class discussion, silence on both sides. Zoom is soul crushing, ya’ll. Every.single.day.
I realize that all of this is just as hard on the students- 100%. I’m just missing how it was before March 2020, probably like the rest of us.
Supposedly, President Biden wants all school staff and day care workers to have at least the first COVID shot by the end of March. Good luck here in Texas. Our governor just lifted the mask mandate so that’s how that’s going…..
Anyway, my students are very sweet and understanding, I just wish I could do better for them and by them but I guess we’re all just doing the best we can right now. Take care, friends. – Belle