My two cents (Week of Apr 26, 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 28th post in the series.

Monday (Apr 26)
Gave a public apology to my students at the beginning of class today. Owning up to my weaknesses when it comes to remote learning, I apologized for my sour, emotionally-absent attitude at the end of last week; I’m not sure how it was received, but it had to be done — they deserve better.

Tuesday (Apr 27)
A student who I had two years ago, who I sorely miss for many reasons, chased me down in the stairwell early in the morning and asked if we could catch up sometime. That absolutely made my day.

Wednesday (Apr 28)
The deputy superintendent was in my class today; I didn’t particularly welcome the visit, but it fell into my lap anyway. Through the years, I’ve developed a pessimistic view of these visits…despite me not warmly receiving my APs invite, today felt different for me; my reaction to his presence was rooted in welcoming him and his energy into a weird, isolated classroom.

Thursday (Apr 29)
Thrilled when several students and I got to play basketball in the gym during lunch. It was a socially distant game of 500 with everyone wearing masks and surgical gloves, but I had the time of my life.

Friday (Apr 30)
Had a wonderful cogen. Given where I was seven days ago, what a difference a week can make.


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