Our librarian posted an article with links to a TEA letter to districts that we need to prepare for school to be different next year.
At first I was upset. This has been hard. Maybe the hardest thing I’ve ever done as an educator.
What we’re doing isn’t true distance learning. We’re in crisis mode emotionally, physically, spiritually. This pandemic is not something we can just power through. Our kids are working more than ever, babysitting, trying to focus, dealing with crappy Internet, sharing technology with siblings, dealing with the repercussions of parents’ lost jobs.
All of this has been a giant shock to the system.
Next year we can prepare.
We can look at best practices and work together to develop strategies for success. Educators can learn content delivery systems and how to use our tech resources.
School can’t be what it’s always been in the middle of a deadly pandemic. Online education can’t be the same as what we do in class. A mix of distance learning and in class learning can’t be the same. The same is simply not.
But what we do can still be solid.
It won’t be easy.
All those shocks to the system are still a thing. We won’t magically solve the social issues the pandemic made glaringly obvious. But we can do school.
And like our librarian said, we have the opportunity to make lasting change.
Link to article with TEA guidance.