All school years start in a frenzy- I know that… I think I am starting year 30 as a teacher…
This year I think I am battling “purposeful unlearning”. Last year we ended the year online and I really tried to convince myself that this year would be all in person. Somehow staring up this year I seemed to have forgotten lots of what I used to know. What settings do I need to change on Seesaw? Struggle! As I start to figure it out-— all of a sudden my new class is archived (not by me)…I cannot face redoing all my settings now- that will be a tomorrow job.
Okay, so let me look at Zoom again. I do not want last year’s students coming into the room by mistake, so I have to change the password. Ack, update needed. Guess it’s lucky I am looking at this now.
Okay, I’ll print off all of my student passwords to keep handy. Hmm, one of them has the wrong year of graduation (they all have that as part of their user name). “Good catch!” the tech coach says, but I wonder how it wasn’t noticed last year…
We are starting with an elementary unit, Who We Are, centered around community and wellness. We had 90 minutes to work on this as a team, but once again there were things that made this challenging due to settings and sharing. We got a lot done, but it never feels like enough.
Tomorrow we will “meet” our new students on Zoom and then Thursday morning it is back to online school for real- a new classroom, a new team, a new grade level. Five of the students are students I taught in grade 3, so maybe that familiarity will inspire me to remember how I do this online teaching again:)
It’s almost that time- a most wonderful (though stressful) time of year. I know I will sleep well Thursday night after I check off that first day.