Mr. Lowman's Quarantime
Sitting down to write one article to somehow sum up this experience so far seems daunting. I’m still not sure how exactly to process the sudden changes in my day-to-day life nor am I sure I understand the full extent of how this has affected me.
My schedule is, like many people’s schedules, completely disrupted. As a person who thrives on routine, it has been difficult to adjust to what feels like an endless amount of unscheduled time that I’m supposed to fit everything I’ve been doing into without the usual system of supports in place. I often joke when I return to school in the fall that it’s nice to be back in a place where a bell tells me when to use the restroom instead of having to figure it out myself; however, there is a bit of truth in that joke. For the most part, I enjoy the rigid structure of the school day, and I have found it difficult to adjust to setting my own schedule.
My school and home life have definitely seen quite a bit of overlap. In between grading and conferencing with students during Office Hours, I’m working with Ben on his 2nd grade assignments. (Side note: I have confirmed a suspicion I’ve had for a long time that I would NOT make a good elementary school teacher.)
Also, I don’t know if you know this, but e-Learning is hard! Ben has 5-6 virtual meetings a week with his teachers as well as daily emails which need to be responded to. (He’s sitting beside me reading aloud as I write this article.) If I wasn’t working from home, I’m not sure we would be able to meet these demands. I’m not sure how parents who have to go into work are handling all their child’s assignments.
Also, I miss my daily interactions with my students and my co-workers. I did not realize how much I thrived on these day-to-day interactions, and I look forward to returning to as close to normal as we can get.