Quite honestly, I was gung-ho to compile tons of resources for families and teachers for remote learning when I wrote my last post. I never came back and put in a compiled list of resources, however, because everyone and their cousin has been sharing them and I found it overwhelming. Too many voices, not enough stability.
This is an unprecedented time for us all. We are all learning how to teach remotely and still engage our students and be there for them emotionally. Much of the resources I've seen shared over the past few weeks are busy-work style activities that don't really do much except fill time. I didn't want to add to that noise (and I'm sincerely not shaming those who have shared those types of things).
I get it. Anxieties are high, people are scared, students are uncertain of their future. It's quite troubling. My little family has followed our governor's stay-at-home directive. My husband is "essential" (utility worker) so he goes to work every day but my girls and I are home. We leave the house to walk the dog a couple times a day and we spend some time in the backyard on the warmer days (thankful for a huge backyard that gives us room to roam without being near others). My husband tries to do most of the shopping since he's out anyway.
But I am disheartened when I see people ignoring social distancing guidelines. Yes, it sucks for us all, but the sooner we get our collective butts in gear, the sooner we can get back to "normal" (I say "normal" because I am confident we will have a new "normal" from here on out).
My older daughter lives about 30 minutes away with her husband and son. I haven't seen them, except in video chats, for a month now. Do I miss them? Deeply. Do I wish we could visit? Absolutely. But we don't because it's just not safe. (I would hate myself forever if I was an unknown carrier and made them sick.) My grandson's fourth birthday is tomorrow and we are having his "party" via video chat because we can't be together. It SUCKS, but we are doing it.
We all need to do our part. I'm sure it's hard for those with young kids at home and I am tremendously grateful that is not my situation. But even if it was, I would do what I needed to do to keep my kids safe and away from other people to protect my kids AND those other people.
We need to be better as humans. I keep saying this, but I know it's hard and it is really difficult to be stuck in the house when it's getting nicer outside. But this will go on so much longer than it should if we all don't do our part to flatten that curve.