This should have been only Day 19, but both Saturday and Sunday were filled with work, attempting to connect new teachers to class lists so that classes could begin today. We were partially successful - but there are still many classes without a teacher, despite efforts by our team over the past two weeks, without … Continue reading School Online – Journal – Days 19, 20 and 21
It's Sunday, and I'm thinking about how I would prepare for Tuesday, if I were one of our Online School teachers. I have now experienced an online "first day of classes" three times in my own teaching. My classes were all with pre-service teachers, so they were students who were a little older than ours, … Continue reading School Online – Journal – Day 14
This morning I met via MS Teams with my Principal colleagues, in our monthly association meeting. The meeting was structured around questions we had for our Associate Directors, System Leads, and others with central responsibilities. Many of the concerns will also be relevant for us when our students begin online next week, so it was … Continue reading School Online – Journal – Day 10
Well, you know we are in a "new normal" when emails are sent out at 4:37 on a Saturday, to respond to changes since Friday. Our teachers received an email, ahead of the posting of a letter to parents on our board's website, letting them know that our online population has grown from 54,000 to … Continue reading School Online – Journal – Day 7 and a half….
After the long weekend, we teachers expect to head back to school, meet our students, and embark on the new school year with excitement and optimism. This year is different. Teachers in "bricks and mortar" schools in our district are spending this week orienting students to the new reality of COVID-19. Today they welcome Cohort … Continue reading School Online – Journal – Day 4