Today, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, is finally here!
It’s the last day of the longest school year since I began teaching in 2008.
There were times this school year I didn’t know if this day would ever come. So many things changed, so many different times, and last minute. There were new programs to learn, another way to implement curriculum, and the demands and expectations remained in place even though we were online 75% of the school year.
There are so many things I could say about this year, and today I choose gratitude.
Here are a few things I am grateful that happened during the 2020-2021 school year.
- I did not have to look for a new career. I was gainfully employed with great benefits the entire school year. No check was missed, short, or late.
- I worked from home until March 2021. I didn’t have to worry about gas, pants, or commute time. I could get things done before work and during my breaks that wouldn’t have gotten done had I been commuting.
- There were students in both of my classes who showed up every day and gave their all. They didn’t let our new way of doing school stop their excellence. They didn’t make excuses and got the job done.
- Shout out Fridays were a hit. My partner teacher and I implemented Shout Out Fridays to boost morale and celebrate students from the week. Our students regularly looked forward to it and let it be known if we missed anything.
- I learned how to use new technology, websites, apps, and platforms I would haven’t if we didn’t shift to online learning.
- From March-June, I got to meet ten of my forty-eight students in person, and they were even cooler and funnier in person.
- A few weeks ago, I tweeted about one of my favorite things that happened with a student this year:
I could and will write so many things about this last year. But today, I am grateful.
Whether you’re school staff, parent, guardian, or student-what are you grateful for from this unprecedented school year?
PS…I hope I don’t hear the word unprecedented all summer. ☺️