The world has changed. Here, in my home state of Colorado, we have been ordered to “Shelter in Place” with only essential workers allowed out of the safety of their homes. The rest of us venture out only to get food and medical supplies before running home to hide from the virus that has affected so many of our fellow world citizens. In many ways, it is a frightening time. However; it is during these hard times that we grow and show our strength. It is also a great time to learn from others, and as I have found, our wisest teachers can be the littlest among us.
I am a Kindergarten teacher. Our schools are closed and my students are separated from me and from each other. It is hard because we have worked tirelessly to create a classroom community that we cherish and count on for support. Of course, they are where they need to be, with their families and loved ones. But it is a hard separation none-the-less.
This past week I was allotted 15 minutes to visit my classroom and gather up the materials that I would need to teach my young students during online learning. White board, markers, curriculum, storybooks, games… The list is endless. In the end, I brought home five boxes of classroom materials.
As I looked over the items that I had chosen, one thing stood out. Actually, it was two laminated pieces of paper. At first glance, they seem insignificant, printed with a magic marker and decorated with hearts and curly cues. In actuality, these are important documents in the running of our classroom. At the beginning of the school year our community of learners sat down to determine why we come to school and what rules we needed in order to succeed. It was eighteen 5 year olds and one 52 year old who collaborated and came up with the following vision and rules for our classroom.
We come to school so we can learn to read and play, so we can make new friends and love each other.
Class Code (Rules)
We do our best to…
Be kind, Be a Friend, Help Friends learn, Help each other, Love each other.
This entire school year we have been guided by these simple but incredibly wise statements. I had brought these home to remind my little class of children the importance of our love and hope in each other. But as I looked over these loving words, I realized that THEY were the ones who wrote this message of love. These young children already understand what we TRULY need in order to be successful in living.
So… yes it is a difficult time right now. However, there is no doubt that we will get through this together with love and friendship.
I would love to invite you into our little community to take part in a global vision of learning to read, play, make friends and love each other.
Blessings to all of you from our Kindergarten class. 🙂
Words and Image by Magical Normal Life
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I’m a Canadian teaching high school here in England where I’ve lived some 30 years. Last week we sent Years 7, 8 & 9 home on Wednesday, then Years 10 & 11 on Friday (after Year/Grade 11 students leave high school for either community college or a pre-university prep school). In any case, we had only two days to say goodbye to our senior year and worse, they had only two days to say goodbye to each other. All that studying for their final exams and they were cancelled. And, at the moment, so it their prom.
It broke my heart.
Teachers here were then ordered back into school this week to teach the children of Essential Workers (nurses, doctors, paramedics, police, military, government, transport, etc.) so they don’t have to stay at home with them, thus freeing them for work. We’re also teaching Year 7-10 online every day.
I don’t know how long this can go on.
Hang in there, kiddo.
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It is an interesting time to say the least. I am fortunate that my district is working hard to make it doable for both families and educators. We will be getting Mondays to plan and then we teach the other 4 days. I am also fortunate that I have incredible families and students, many of them I will see again next year as they make their way to first grade. My heart goes out to those students who are missing out on so many of those memory making events. It sounds like you are working harder than ever. Please take care and update if you can. :).