My Two Cents (Week of Nov 16, 2020)

For each school day of the 2020-21 school year, I will be writing two sentences to capture some of the impressions, feelings, experiences, or thoughts I had that day. This is the ninth post in the series.

Monday (Nov 16)
An impromptu change of plans found me teaching from my bedroom again today — something I never expected when I started my day. Ironically, my lessons were nothing like I expected; somehow all of my kids ended up on showing their work to some trig problems.

Tuesday (Nov 17)
I feel guilty that I’m hoarding my time and wishing that I didn’t have to attend so many meetings. I officially sent away from students’ first mathematical penpal letters; I never thought I was going to pull that off.

Wednesday (Nov 18)
I somberly learned today that, because the city’s 7-day infection rate rose above 3%, the schools were closing. I get why, but I can’t deny how disheartening and demoralizing it is to be ripped from the comforting walls of my classroom yet again — even when there are no students present.

Thursday (Nov 19)
Apple…Airpods! It was a long over due, but today all of the Tokens of Appreciation were passed for the first time this year (happening via mail).

Friday (Nov 20)
Remembering that I couldn’t go into the building, I woke up feeling distant and empty. Did I say how much I hate remote learning?


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