Today wraps our second official week of school. While faculty did come in to set up classrooms and move furniture 6 feet apart at the end of August, it wasn’t until September 2nd that we got to see “the new normal.” Our school opted for the hybrid model where students are in either an A or B cohort or work remotely everyday. This means every class is at half capacity in person and half Zoom in from home. Major kudos to all the teachers juggling Zoom, Swivl, iPads, Google Drive, LMS, OneNote, and on and on and on! Despite all these tech-y challenges, it is so nice to see students’ (masked) faces (from 6 feet away). We also had a bittersweet retirement in our department so things continue to shift day by day.
Whitney headed into the classroom for the first time and co-taught a lesson with the 8th grade Science teacher who is prepping for a project on science vs. pseudo science. We’re also working with the US English department planning for plagiarism lessons, US History already delved into Noodletools, and we’re finding resources for the school counselor’s Psychology class. We brainstormed what MS book talks and checkouts will look like and even had our first 6th graders come browse books! There are big tubs for book returns so we can quarantine them for a week until they are safe to go back on the shelves. This year we’re switching more to virtual options – hopefully more Follett ebooks, maybe Sora, maybe Flipster, and definitely Zoobeans! So many options so little time 🙂
Aside from all the planning, prepping, and cleaning, I have LOVED our time with advisory. This year we are advising a 6th grade group. At first I was nervous they wouldn’t want to talk to us via Zoom if we were already engaged in a conversation with the students in person, but we’ve made it work. It certainly helps that we have some chatterboxes who make us all laugh, and we can see their silly tongue out faces on the big whiteboard. It’s also been great to see the library regulars pop in just to say hi. Surprisingly normal feeling and as if we haven’t been apart for 6 months!
Now time for a relaxing weekend – our brains and bodies are tired!