My two cents (Week of Feb 1, 2021)

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 18th post in the series.

Monday (Feb 1)
With 12 inches of snowing falling and falling throughout the day, this would have been a surefire snow day. Low and behold, we had professional development (a damn good one too, I might add).

Tuesday (Feb 2)
Taking the advice from my cogen, who said that I should not go hard on the first days back from break, we had a light class. I was very excited to unveil, in honor of Black History Month, the “A Mathematician and Me” writing activity.

Wednesday (Feb 3)
An unusually relaxing day. Strangely, I found myself caught up with grading and emails by midday; I honestly didn’t know what to do with myself.

Thursday (Feb 4)
During office hours, I encouraged a student to “take over” and lead the session, which was essentially was tutoring on this week’s Turn In. I faded into the shadows of Zoom and let take over; she did an incredible job fielding questions and leading students to answers without explicitly telling them what to do.

Friday (Feb 5)
Reflecting on my week, I held back tears in the afternoon as I wrote several of my students emails expressing gratitude for their hard work, willingness to participate, and the connections we’ve created during remote learning this year. Having finally made time to do this, it was extremely cathartic; when some of the students replied with kind sentiments of their own, I felt the tremendous weight of the year land on my shoulders and couldn’t but get emotional.

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