This month I am participating in the 13th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge. Visit Two Writing Teachers for more information.
Social distancing and sheltering in our homes is quite a new way of living. There's so much I'm missing like going to the coffee shop to read, meeting friends and family for dinner, and going to work where I can see students and colleagues in person. As challenging as it is, I feel very lucky that we're living in a time in which technology makes parts of life easier and provides us options to connect with each other. I keep thinking about life growing up in the eighties and how much of what we are doing to connect with each other today wouldn't have been possible then. As I reflect on the week, I am thinking about the ways that technology has made me happy this week.
- Through videoconferencing, I participated in a group workout with about fifty other people. The workout usually takes place on the beach once a week, but instead everyone followed along from their homes.
- I ordered and had delivered right to my door step some things I need (another pair of lounge pants) and things I don't need, but make me happy (felt tip pens).
- My book review group, #BookExcursion, met up virtually to chat about life, teaching and learning, and books. This is the first time we've done this and it was a lot of fun.
- Through two Facebook group pages (one devoted to exercise and the other to books), I connected with colleagues. We're sharing what we're doing to stay fit and what we're reading both to motivate each other and just to stay in touch.
- I worked from home as I met with teachers to plan ways to support students and connected with classes through videoconferencing and Google Classroom.