I am certain that it is these smallest moments, both the carefully orchestrated and the wonderfully unplanned, that make up the heart and soul of learning in a classroom. So much of school learning has nothing at all to do with final products.
Our current situation with remote learning is part of the experience of this school year, but doesn’t have to define it…we choose to create that story ourselves.
As we moved through Day 1 of our virtual schooling (and I was jumping in the trampoline so much longer than I would have liked), I realized that, like every June, I am invited to get to know my kids, yet again.
We reassured our little kids about how incredibly safe they are. We affirmed that we know staying home is already hard. We also reframed staying home as the most radical act of kindness right now.
The parents and/or educators in our house know we need a plan…some structure…ok, a lot of structure…but flexible structure that can meet the needs of students aged 7 through 18 plus two tele-working parents.