I sat down to write this slice three hours ago.
Three hours ago, I thought I was settling down, unwinding, and wrapping up my day with a slice of life.
Three hours ago I got a request from a teacher for a teleconference . . . and here I am now, with only forty-five minutes before the midnight deadline and a computer battery of 4%.
At first the teleconference started with a simple question. The teacher was so anxious about creating her first digital learning lesson. I get it. I have been dabbling in creating Facebook Live read alouds. I was able to talk her off the ledge, at least for tonight, was just about ready to start thinking of my slice when . . .
. . . I received a second teleconference request. I wasn’t too concerned; this chat would be easy. Well, not so much. This teacher was incredibly escalated. Her role in the district is defined as Family Partnerships and Social & Emotional Learning Support. However, during this time of digital learning, she was being asked to work way outside of her ‘lane.’ I finally was able to disconnect from the teleconference, grabbed myself a cup of hot tea, and settled to think about and compose my twenty-second slice. Hoping for a little inspiration, I thought, why not scroll through Facebook?
I happened to come across a very distressed post from a colleague who happens to be the district’s Director of Technology. I repeat, she is the district’s Director of Technology. As the district is about to launch digital learning, it comes to no surprise that she is feeling quite anxious. She posted her worries and my heart was aching, practically crying for her. During a time when so many people’s backpacks are filled beyond capacity, can’t we all just be kind?! Can’t we all just be compassionate? Can’t we all just treat each other with respect?
Dreading what tomorrow will bring, this woman reached out for virtual support. That she received. Her friend commented,
You are stronger than you or I ever give ourselves credit for…
It’s good practice
Just turn the filter up higher…
I know you can
While I have been working to support teachers, families, and students embarking on this journey called “distance learning,” I have also been struggling . . . words have been exchanged; comments that sting. I have tried really hard to dismiss the comments, knowing that district leaders are barely holding on . . . but when I enter my safe space, I have a much different mindset.
Facebook stranger Vincent, as I am really dreading what tomorrow will bring, I thank you for advising me to ‘just turn the filter up higher.’