Join Two Writing Teachers and other teacher-writers as we share a slice of life every single day in the month of March.
When I began this challenge, I made a promise to myself that I would not write a post about the pandemic or anything related to COVID. Last year's challenge seemed to be consumed with pandemic life, and it was not stealing any of this year's slices.
I know it has not been an easy year for many teachers, the stress level has reached an all-time high, and teachers are not getting the respect they deserve. I am sorry if you have experienced any (or all) of these, and I do not mean for this post to take those experiences lightly.
But for me, things have gone extremely well this school year. Reflecting on this Saint Patrick's Day, I realize how lucky I am as a teacher, so today I share 17 reasons why--even if I am breaking my no-writing-about-the-pandemic promise.
- I am lucky to have an administration that was ready with a re-entry plan by mid-summer.
- I am lucky they had teacher input during the entire process.
- I am lucky to have a principal who knew we didn't expect him to have all the answers because we simply did not know all the questions.
- I am lucky to have walked into my classroom on August 4th and to teach my 90 students face-to-face.
- I am lucky we prayed to stay in school for at least two weeks and here we are 140 school days later.
- I am lucky to have a custodial staff who works diligently to make sure our school is sanitized and safe.
- I am lucky to have students who do everything we ask of them to keep all of us safe.
- I am lucky to have the technology to reach quarantined students.
- I am lucky to have had no COVID transmission at school.
- I am lucky to have a district-wide positivity rate of less than 5% for the entire school year.
- I am lucky to have parents who kept their kids home when they needed to.
- I am lucky to have a team of teachers who support one another.
- I am lucky to be able to eat lunch every day with teachers in my wing out in the commons area.
- I am lucky to have a school nurse who keeps track of all things COVID.
- I am lucky to share books with students.
- I am lucky to write side by side with my students.
- I am one lucky teacher.