As I write this, we’re still in the month of July. Typically, here in CT that means that teachers are finally able to let go of the worries of the classroom and enjoy the sunshine. This year is so much different! I tend to shy away from writing time specific posts because I want to help as many teachers as possible as years go by, but this year is just so different. My news feed is full of people playing a tug-of-war game over almost every issue, one of the biggest ones is… What in the world will Back to School 2020 look like? Where should I even start to prepare?

The teachers I know aren’t resting. They’re worrying. They thought the end of the school year, and the end of distance learning would bring relief, but the truth is, it’s brought more uncertainty.  I’m worrying. What will I do? What will we choose for our children. I won’t go down the rabbit hole here because we’re in the rabbit hole all day. Remember… Hard is not impossible. We are going to figure this out.

I really say all this to justify my feeling to need to start talking back to school time a little earlier than usual. Not because I don’t want you to have that time to unplug or rest, but because I think the sooner we share ideas and begin to wrap our heads around the possibilities, the sooner we’ll hopefully be able to sneak in those restful days.

I want to write and support you through this situation. I want to share and create to support your classroom needs whether in person or online, so you’ll see while some of what I share will be specific to certain circumstances… much of it will be right in the middle.

As we focus on the middle here are some of the important topics and considerations to think about. I’ll be covering these topics in the next couple of weeks, along with some practical tips 

  1. Building strong home-school connections in person OR online
  2. Setting up your classroom & teaching expectations
  3. Preparing for the potential shift between in person and distance learning
  4. Keeping kiddos engaged where they are
  5. Differentiation

I’ll also be sharing a little bit about some of those spaces in the venn diagram outside of the middle so you have somewhere to look when you become more certain of your district’s back to school plan.

If you are thinking of other topics you’d like to see covered, please leave them in the comments!

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