Time for summer! Finally! You'd think that I would have already had enough of being at home and be ready to return to the classroom.  You'd think that I would not be excited about summer. But you'd be wrong.... and right. I am ready to be back in the classroom, but I'm also excited about summer. This is my time to rewind.  Then when fall comes around, I am ready to go. My mind is full of lessons that are ready to be taught.

Distance learning has taken a toll on me- probably on several teachers.   Preparing, teaching, grading lessons without interaction (in some cases, like ours, no interaction) with our kids is not easy.  While some parents are struggling to have school at home, teachers are struggling with not having school at school.  

So... yes, I'm ready for this to be over. I'm ready for summer and I'm ready to return to my room in the fall.   I hope everyone finds this time to be relaxing and restorative.


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Who do you work for?  An inconsiderate jerk?  A narcissist?  A sophomoric baby?   Does your administrator ask you to do what they are not willing to do?   Maybe you've been asked to provide childcare in your classroom while your administrator hides in the office.  Maybe you've been told to kiss summer good-bye while your principal schedules a much needed break from the stress.

I don't know who you work for, but I happen to work for a champ.   I traded in the big school system where I was just a number and not a name. A person with no identity. I was just another warm body. I found myself in rural America working for a boss that cares enough to be honest and fight for us. And a school board that listens.  I've had to pinch myself a time or two to make sure I wasn't dreaming.  I'm not. This is real. And who is the winner?   Not just me, but the kids.  We work in an environment with some stress and frustrations. One that has it's ups and downs. But it also has a whole lot of happy.

You never know how valuable your leadership is until you reach a crisis. It is times like these that make me even more thankful that my little country school was not swallowed up by the consolidation movement.  So, all you big schools that think you have it better just because you're bigger, go ahead and fool yourselves. I'm content to stay where I can look out and see green grass, blue skies, and hear the sound of children's laughter.  I'm more than pleased to work for and with administrators that value my opinion and judgment.   I'm glad that favoritism doesn't exist here. Summer break is still important.   Kids' learning trumps test scores.  And everyone has a name.

Boom Cards make learning fun! 


Nonfiction Boom Cards

Just in time.... barely...
May Day Superstitions







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Things are all mixed up. I don't mean the fact that I put the dirty laundry into the dryer instead of the washing machine. Or that I put the milk in the pantry. Or that I am no longer able to walk and talk at the same time. I mean things everywhere are mixed up.  

Instead of talking to my kids, I'm texting them. Instead of being in the same room with them, I'm looking at pictures. Instead of teaching them, I'm sending home packets.  Instead of posting colorful pictures of artwork, I'm packing up my room for the summer.

And the mix-up isn't just confined to the world of education.  Everywhere I go I see people who were once rational, in a frenzied panic.  People who used to smile and say hello are now taking a 10 foot detour.   Shopping carts are loaded down with toilet paper, of all things.  Parents are equipping their kids with their own shopping cart so that they can purchase more than the minimum.  People look at you with fear in their eyes.  Streets are empty.  Schools are empty.  While cars in retail parking lots fight for a space and shoppers crowd at the door.

Have we all gone mad?

No, but I do think we've lost some of our common sense. I know we've lost our manners.  Smiling at someone won't kill you or them.  There is no reason for common courtesy to vanish.  There is no reason to panic.  There is never a reason to use your child to violate restrictions (or for any other thing).

And why are parking lots crowded?  If we're supposed to stay at home, why are we out shopping? If kids can't go to  school, they shouldn't be going to the local gathering place to meet their friends.  If parents are consuming larger, than normal, amounts of alcohol because they are dealing with THEIR kids all day, then maybe they should be a bit more understanding the next time they get a  call from school.

I know the situation is serious. I know people that have to take extra precautions because of health issues.  But I don't think things are as dire as some would have us to believe.  I don't believe all the media hype.  Maybe I watched "Pollyanna" too much as a kid, but I do see the sunshine.   I see hope. I see a brighter tomorrow.   I'm ready to go to a restaurant (who isn't?).   I'm ready to see open signs on businesses.   I'm ready to see store shelves stocked. And I'm ready for school to resume in August.

I'm ready for things to return to 'normal.'


And more for distance learning......

Confusing Pairs



Nonfiction text






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If you think this is easy, you're wrong.  I'm not talking about planning for distance learning. I'm talking about being away from my kids.  My kids. I miss them.  I miss the smiles and the hugs and the laughter.  I miss the funny ones.  I miss the quiet ones.  I miss the ones who take their learning so seriously. I miss the ornery ones.  I don't know of one teacher that is enjoying this situation.  We'd rather be in our classrooms, instructing our kids, and  having the normal day-to-day interaction with them.

Planning a lesson for distance learning is hard. The hardest part of planning is not being there to instruct.  Not being there for each child's questions. Not being there to encourage. Not being there to cheer them on.  Missing out on the quirky jokes and humorous observations.  Putting out the fires of discontent. All of it.  I miss all of it. And I think it is safe to say that our kids miss it too.

Our lessons go home weekly. Kids can either return them the following week (at the weekly pick-up)  or send pics of them.  I love the pics. Especially the ones with my kids holding their assignment in their hands. Especially the moms that are taking extra time to send pics of their kids playing in the sunshine. The moms that send a short video of their kid telling me hello. The moms that understand how much we love our kids.   I've shed a few tears when I see them.

I know this time will pass. I know we'll eventually be back in school. I know that I'll join millions in praying for a snow day (eventually).  But I also know that I won't take a normal school day for granted.  Ever again.

For Older Learners

Nonfiction about Umbrellas


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Distance Learning is a quickly coined term to cover all lessons created for this unusual time.   As I've browsed through various websites and teacher resources,  I've come to the conclusion that distance learning is just about anything that we can prepare and send home to our kids, either through paper or electronic means.  I've had a buyer, of one of my PDF resources, share a creative way that she turned the resource into a lesson for her students at home.  It seems that it just takes a little determination and ingenuity to create meaningful educational resources for our kids.

Distance learning doesn't mean learning stops. It just means that it takes place differently.  I can't say that I like it, but I know we have to make the best of it.   The hardest part (for me) is giving instructions that I know all of my kids will understand.  There is nothing more frustrating than to have a student not able to understand the assignment. They are frustrated because they don't get it. Parents are frustrated because they can't explain it. I'm frustrated because I can't be there to teach them.  It can be a vicious cycle.

I've also discovered that distance learning is time consuming. It takes me at least three times longer to create a lesson.  It reminds me of planning for a substitute.  Every little detail must be spelled out. Instructions must be clear and in language a little person can read and understand.   Pictures must be made to accompany directions.  Not only does this take lots of extra time and thought, it takes tons of printer ink.  Go digital you say.   This isn't an option so.... back to the printer...

One thing I have discovered to be invaluable (and yes, it is digital) for distance learning are Boom Cards.  I've always thought they were awesome with their bright colors and engaging format and teacher feedback. But now, they are better than awesome.  They no longer are only used to support or reinforce a lesson, they have become a great tool for helping kids to learn at home.   And they are inexpensive.

However long this lasts, I know that we'll all continue to make the best of it. We'll keep creating lessons for our kids and finding ways to connect.   And everyday we get a little closer to putting this behind us (I hope and pray).

Boom Cards!  All Nonfiction (since that is my thing!)


Bees!
Rain Facts 


Butterflies


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I work with a great bunch of people.  If I didn't already know that,  well... they reminded me again last week.   We're all stressed. Trying to put together educational materials that our kids can use at home. Alone. To learn.  You might think that you could just make a video or send an email with links and all is well in the world. But you couldn't be further from the truth.

 Not all kids have internet. I know that is a sentence you are ready to dismiss as a myth. Nope. Truth. There are families that live in rural areas where internet is not available OR they cannot afford it OR they have chosen to not have it. Whatever the reason, the fact remains .... not all of our kids have access to the internet.   So planning a lesson can become even more difficult. You have to find ways to get a video to them so that you can still teach them. Show them how to do a math problem. Read a book to them. Have some interaction.

If that isn't possible, then it comes down to providing creative, engaging, educational learning resources that can be completed by a child at home.  Only one problem with that. How many kids are going  to actually complete the assignment? By themselves? Without an adult at home to set some learning time guidelines and enforce them.  The numbers just dropped significantly.  Not everyone is a motivated learner.  Not everyone has an adult in their life that encourages them to learn.  Some will even have an adult in the home that thinks this is stupid so why bother.

We're fighting an uphill battle. And we're determined. And we care. Enough to do everything in our power to see that our kids have what it takes to learn.  And that brings me to my awesome colleagues.   I was awake at 1:50 am.  Worried about getting everything together for my kids. I felt disorganized. I didn't like it.  At 3 am I was typing out lessons and directions for my kids.  By 9 am I was at school putting it together. Organizing and collating.  Mom came to help. And at the end of the day, here came a group of my colleagues. Laughing and ready to help. Every paper packed. Every paper clip securing a lesson. Every supply included in the folder was packed by these generous hands.  And to them I say thank you. I was able to come home before dark. And more importantly, I was able to put it behind me so that I can focus on my home time and rest.

I hope that you are finding heroes in your life during this storm.  I know I've seen a few of them in action.

For those that have internet access.... Boom Cards are awesome learning tools. 
Just published this one! 

Rainy Day Facts Nonfiction Boom Cards 





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 We've all been there in the last few weeks. At the store, watching as people ran around like crazy and yelling because the store manager wouldn't let them buy all of the soup. Honestly, could he really have eaten 50 cans of noodle soup before it expired? Would he have wanted to? We've been in long lines and waited hours for things that normally wouldn't take but a few minutes.  It seems like almost overnight, our world has changed.  The divisiveness and hatred have seeped into our daily lives. Things we took for granted, like running to the store for a carton of milk, are forever changed.  Everywhere you look, people are frustrated, angry, yelling, shoving.

I've had my moments too.  I wanted to tell the guy yelling and making a horrible scene that he was embarrassing his children. Actually, I wanted to first tell him that he looked like an idiot. Then I was going to remind him that he was acting like a two year old having a temper tantrum. But I didn't.  I just took a deep breath and turned down another aisle and ignored him.  I did call a large chain retailer and suggest that hoarders of toilet paper not be allowed to return it when the chaos was over, as this will negatively hurt a recovering economy. Besides, they bought it, they can keep it and use it. I did come close to panic when cat food shelves were bare.  And I had a moment of fear when I realized that my income was practically nonexistent for the duration of this situation.

Personally, I'm tired to seeing all the social media doomsday announcements.  I'm not a pessimist by nature. Or an alarmist.  To read post after post focused on the end of humanity as we know it is a little ..... well, frustrating.   We are all affected in some way or another.  We are all inconvenienced or negatively impacted by the current pandemic.  But in the midst of the storm, a voice keeps saying, "Stay calm." You may not be a believer. That's your business. But I am. And I know that God's got this. Nothing surprises Him. Nothing is out of His control.  So, in the midst of the storm, let's hang on, stay calm, and treat each other with patience and respect.






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