The schools in my city are taking the full week of Thanksgiving week off. Normally we would only have the Wednesday thru Sunday off, but due to COVID we will have a full week off.
That is due to some teachers being in self quarantine and also a lack of substitute teachers. The hope is that by having a full week off, it gives a chance to recoup a bit and it also give teachers extra time to prep for blended classes of in class and remote learners.
But it brought back memories of the last time we had a one week break back in March for Spring Break. I left the Friday before thinking we would be back, but we never were. We were 100% remote the rest of the semester.
So I had my in class students take their folders and books home with them just in case the one week out of class turns into the rest of the semester becoming remote learning.
We will be better prepared if that happens. 100% of my students know how to log into and use Zoom. They have also learned how to use other websites for English language learning. It has been a major focus of mine since we came back into the building in early September.
So I enter this week with the thought in the back of my mind of what next. What is next? Life has certainly thrown its share of curve balls this year. I am grateful for something that I shared yesterday with a person who works at one of my favorite coffee shops.
I shared with her that my hope is not in government or science. My hope is in God. Don’t get me wrong. I am grateful that the vaccine will come and for how the President worked to help remove barriers to making the vaccine available. But even if that was not happening, my hope is in God.
I am also so very grateful for how God provided for me in numerous ways, and helped me gain new skills through a crazy year.
So really my what’s next is what is next with God by my side.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.