March 20, 2020
After a week of not talking to anyone outside my immediate family and only communicating via comments, texts, and tweets, yesterday was a lot.
I had two meetings yesterday via the internet. One a district wide meeting where our superintendent was stellar. She was calm, she was patient. She answer questions for over an hour after her prepared statement. While I only saw her, I felt the presence of our nearly 800 community members. It was powerful.
That meeting was followed by a meeting with my literacy specialist team. It’s great to see them and they all look well. We are honest with each other and that’s so helpful. We talked over our new directive, what it might mean and how we can support each other to provide support to our teaching teams and the intervention teams. We were all tired at the end. It’s a lot for one day.
I spent the rest of the day, talking to teachers, looking at resources, going to a webinar, planning what I’ll pick up in the small window I have today to go to school and it was five before I realized it. I kept going. At 6:30, I stopped at made dinner. I kept reading texts and tweets until I got to a twitter discussion at 8:30 p.m.
That’s when I realized that I was doing that thing that others had warned me about, working and working and working. I didn’t go outside yesterday. I didn’t do a house project. I just worked.
Today is shaping up to be more of the same. I have a webinar at 8, going to school to pick up at 9, dropping some things off for teachers. Then I have a training at 12 and a meeting with the principals and literacy specialists at 2:30… Ok, I am seriously going to have to make myself a self care schedule.
So in my spare time today, I’m going to create a creative space because I also hear I have to think about what’s behind me in online connections. Stay tuned for photos of that because my office is where I drop things I can’t part with.
I leave you with advice from my laptop keypad deck … Try easier and Be the one that decides to go for it. Seem incongruous, but maybe not.
I’m writing alongside my Two Writing Teachers Slice Community every day for this month of March. Today is day 20. My writing PLN is my inspiration, my motivation, and my comfort.