It might have been disastrous

Well, my crystal ball was pretty accurate with respect to yesterday’s post although I really can’t claim a deep dive for my insights. That’s the nice thing about blogging; you can sit down and write about anything because you only need to be true to yourself. I like the ability to sit down and write to get ideas out of my mind knowing that I can always revisit a post instead of having it festering around in my mind. (I just looked up festering to make sure I was using it correctly, and sadly I was.)

Starting today, schools return to full time academics, albeit online.

Wait, what?

Stephen Hurley and I will be chatting later this morning and one of the topics that I’m going to throw at him is the 2022 list of Banished Words from Lake Superior State University. I took a look at this year’s list and went back to see the 2021 list, smiling all the way. I guess I was sort of pleased to see some of the words there. If only the news and regular conversation would banish them as well to take them out of our regular conversation.

From 2022, here are a couple of their suggestions

  • New normal
  • You’re on mute

and 2021

  • COVID-19 (COVID, coronavirus, rona)
  • Pivot
  • Social Distancing
  • We’re all in this together

Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could get rid of all six of these. There are other great suggestions as well so click through and check them out.

It was the very last one that really bothered me. All that you have to do is turn on the news to know that we really aren’t. Anne Jarvis wrote a nice piece in yesterday’s Windsor Star kicking that one to the curb. Who doesn’t feel like you’re on your own these days?

So, starting today, the new normal will be a pivot back to online teaching and learning because of COVID-19. At least, for two weeks anyway.

This news report from Blackburn News indicates that the two big local school districts weren’t prepared to open schools for student today anyway. The promised heavier duty masks for students and N95 mask for teachers haven’t arrived yet. Even though the plan, before the break, was to have kids take home Chromebooks for the holidays, it looks like that wasn’t complete.

Byrne said principals are assessing current technology requests and equipment will be handed out by Wednesday if possible.

With the closure of libraries and coffee shops, I worry for those without signicant internet access at home. It’s going to be cold sitting outside on benches just for the internet access. But, at the end of the day, you have to do what you have to do.

I don’t think that anyone is looking forward to the new two weeks thinking it’s going to be the ultimate solution. It seems to me that it would be better than having students and teachers returning to a less than ideal environment. I truly hope that the masks that end up being used are of the highest quality.

Given my former life as a computer science teacher and later as computer consultant for the district where I like to think that I tried to get technology used in innovative and interesting ways, it pains me to think that they’re now just a window into a classroom looking at a teacher and classmates trying to make the best of things.

I know, right?

That being said, I hope that none of the readers of this post have to tell their class “You’re on mute”.

Stay safe.

Thanks to Lake Superior State University. With their help, this post just kind of wrote itself. I challenge you to look at their lists and use at least one of their suggestions in a reply.

That being said, just forget it and never use it again!

3 thoughts on “It might have been disastrous

  1. Doug, one thing that our Board is really emphasizing is mental health and well-being. They really want us to take the time to connect with kids online and have them connect with each other. Academics, while important, are not the only priority here. I hope this holds true for other educators and Boards. I’m glad this remote option at least keeps us safe, and I hope that things continue to change in the next two weeks.

    Meanwhile, last night I shared this “joyful moment,” and it made me think that we might need to each collect our own in the coming weeks: Don’t we all need something to keep us going?! (Okay, apparently I sidetracked a bit. I’m blaming myself for writing this comment before coffee. 🙂 )

    Happy Wednesday!


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