Words are Gifts

New Everything

Almost forty students appeared on the screen, as soon as the waiting room was opened. Totally different from nervous students walking into a classroom. Excited, bubbly- looking, expectant students with smiles on their faces showed up for their first day at school. This time, the teachers were anxious, it seemed funny but that is how we felt.

I called it a roller coaster day, one that swept us up, down and everywhere. Soon after one lesson, there was another, no time to breathe, still online, expecting some good work, just like ‘real’ school.

When another teacher popped into my  Writing lesson it was just great, supportive and calming. I felt reassured as she observed a student not engaging and pointed it out to me. I suggested she confer with the student in the breakout room,  whilst I carried on with the whole class, that helped.

The lessons were interactive and Ms. A’s videos were the icing on the cake. So perfect, reiterating what was being taught.

This was a short day but seemed extremely long and tedious, I guess it is because there were many parts that were new. New format, new students, new parents and colleagues, new schedule and new role/title.  Overwhelming, if you ask me, but teachers can be resilient, this time a little unnerving with the added virtual teaching.

The nice surprise was my guest. Our principal popping in, she mentioned how smooth the lesson was, that was the fruit on the cake, this time.

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4 responses to “New Everything”

  1. I smiled when I read that was “the fruit on the cake” because I could feel your joy in these words! Thank you for sharing this lovely slice of cake and fruit 🙂

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  2. All that “newness” can be exhausting, to be sure, but it sounds like it went really well. I’m so glad for you!

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    Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski

    Wow…40 students!?! This is all such a new adventure. I loved the description of the day as a rollercoaster that whooshed you up and down.

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  4. Ohhh I feel you so deeply on this. We are back in school as well, and it is as you say – a roller coaster of emotion. I’m so deeply grateful to see and be near my students again, yet so worried and anxious about what the coming weeks hold. Thanks, as always, for your thoughtful writing.

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I am am Elementary school teacher at an International IB School in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. I write with groups of writers, such as Teach Write.


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