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Inspiration from Unexpected Sources
« on: March 21, 2020, 10:57:39 am »
My family recently watched Frozen II together. When Anna felt alone and lost, and when she couldn't see a clear path forward, she sang, "Do the next right thing."

I've felt a lot like that these past two weeks. My school is shut down. Teachers are working from home to continue to provide instruction for children. Each day, I'm getting a hundred emails from parents who are frustrated with the situation of their children being at home full time. I get a hundred texts from teachers with questions about the future that I can't answer. Everyone wants an immediate solution, and I don't have any. I'm on the phone almost constantly, coordinating with the state school board, with the county health department, and with our local school board. No immediate solutions there, either.

Yesterday, while I was on hold with the state, I started humming through Anna's song. I recalled that scene from the movie. Then I realized: That's all I can do. I can do the next right thing. Eventually all of this will work out. I'm confident of that. I don't know how or when, but I know it will work out. For now, I can do the next right thing.

Have you recently had inspiration from an unexpected source?
All grown-ups were once children...but only few of them remember it. ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "The Little Prince."
 
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Re: Inspiration from Unexpected Sources
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2020, 11:23:18 am »
I haven’t but would like to borrow yours - “Do the next right thing.”  Thank you for sharing this.  Now, I need to go watch the movie.
 
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Re: Inspiration from Unexpected Sources
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2020, 12:49:45 pm »
I've had that same song running through my head the last few days as well.
 
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Re: Inspiration from Unexpected Sources
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2020, 10:20:10 pm »
Would be stressful. Everyone is trying to learn virtual/tele teaching in a few days and it is admirable. And people are trying to home school. What I have really liked are people that post things reminding everyone this is a national state of emergency and that some learning can wait and that provide reassurance things will be ok. I read something in a group that focuses on therapists who work with those with trauma and this person reminded people that the reactions of today will help prevent kids from developing future traumas.

Video I saw today:
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10159385333478812&id=86680728811
 
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2020, 10:52:18 pm »
 

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Re: Inspiration from Unexpected Sources
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2020, 11:42:49 am »
Roper: good read if you have not seen this.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/19/opinion/coronavirus-home-school.html?smtyp=cur&smid=fb-nytimes
And that's great that it works for her family. There are also parents who stay at home, who really want a lot of structured learning activities for their children, and they look to teachers to provide a plan which matches the classroom as closely as possible.
All grown-ups were once children...but only few of them remember it. ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, "The Little Prince."
 

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Re: Inspiration from Unexpected Sources
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2020, 02:48:01 pm »
Nitasmile, Roper, my school system has told us not to teach anything new. Just review. At least, that's the case at this point. I teach gifted kids grades 1-5, and advanced content math for 4-5, grades. Their homeroom teachers sent them with lots of work to do. I decided to take a different approach and have sent home brain teasers and very large for to for puzzles (up to 850 numbers) and things similar to that. I'm finding as I make phone calls and answer comments on my Google Classroom that the kids mainly just want contact and assurance that they are ok and loved. I'm not worried if they do the work or not. I just want it to be interesting so if they choose to do it, they won't feel like it's just of worksheet busywork.
 

 


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