It is time to go back to school. It is no secret that the hustle and bustle looks different this year. We saw it coming – but did not want to believe it.
Picking out the cool new backpack quickly turned into finding a mask our kids could be proud of. Setting up school supplies went from covering books and packing backpacks to also finding a working computer or tablet. We began readjusting our home to feel like school.
Is this chair comfortable enough? Is there enough space for the computer AND their notebooks? What if we can’t get logged on to class or our interest fails?
Will the camera work? Will the microphone work? Will they even pay attention?
A thousand more questions to be answered all while navigating our own thoughts and emotions as parents and caregivers. We are grieving. Grieving the first day drop-off for our brand-new kindergartner because we aren’t allowed in the building. Grieving the loss of personal time because virtual learning is done in the home. Grieving the normalcy that once was. Sadness, anger, disappointment, and grief. Emotions that crash like waves and send us drowning.
This has been a tough transition into something brand new and out of our comfort zones – so what about our educators?
It is easy to get caught up in our own thoughts and feelings because we own them. I challenge you to shift your perspective and think about our educators; after all, they are grieving too.
Students were robbed of seeing their friends in the halls while teachers who had classrooms full of chatter shifted from full desks to tiny squares on a screen. No graduation celebration for students they have watched grow from smiling children to successful young adults. No yearbook signings, field days, or sports finales. It may not be our first thought, but these events mean so much to the educators cheering our students on every single day.
Fast forward to now.
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