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
This past weekend, I attended the annual TCRWP Saturday Reunion (via Zoom, of course). Someone (I’m pretty sure it was Lucy Calkins herself) shared this quote from Haruki Murakami:
And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.
Who will I be?
How will I carry forward all that I’ve learned, all that I’ve experienced?
What will I hold onto?
What will I let go of?
What have I learned?
How will I be better?