We are teaching in a pandemic. I am teaching first graders who are learning from home. I have decided to use the SOLC as a place to reflect on this experience. I hope this reflection will help me become a better teacher, a better learner, a better literacy coach, and a better person. Maybe it will help others too.
31 Things I’ve Learned from Being a Remote Grade 1 Teacher
I couldn’t have done this work without the support of my families. Now that I’m transitioning back to my role as literacy coach, I have to thank them. Here is my letter.
I would like to take a moment here to reflect on the unique experience we have had together over the past seven months, and to thank you for all you have done to make the distance learning experience successful for your children. We have all been pioneers in the truest sense of the word. We’ve explored new frontiers and discovered a great deal. This year has been one of the most challenging of my career, but thanks to you and your children, also one of the most rewarding. I’m amazed each and every day by what your young children can do in this virtual learning environment. They have grown academically, made lasting friendships, created a beautiful community, and shared kindness with everyone and anyone who came and went from this virtual space. They are truly some of the best little people I’ve ever spent time with. I will miss them.