Hey there Spunky...Stressed? Overworked? Anxiety got you down? Let me share my morning with you and maybe that will brighten your day and show that you're not alone. This is because of the stress we are ALL facing. Anyway, I couldn’t find my reading glasses to work on next week’s lessons. Yes, yes, I retraced my steps…my wife retraced my steps, so I put away my breakfast dishes, and voila…after 30 minutes of looking… there they were….ok, stop laughing...just stop. No, really. Stop. You’ve had your fun.
In another case of the bizarre and miserable newsworld as it relates to schools, a Pennsylvania school district is being sued because they turned on the cameras of 42 missing laptops as “they were trying to find the lost laptops.” You know, at this moment, I am REALLY proud to be musd.
I talked to a teacher recently who is a CTA member I’ve met at meetings. He works for a school that has been doing distant learning for several years. “It has taken our school several years to get to where they are, and we're still working on it to improve it, and to think you can do it in two weeks is hogwash.” I know you’re stressed. You wouldn’t be human if you weren’t.
Even if you’re not an educator, you’re stressing. That’s perfectly normal and expected. I was social distancing yesterday and talking to my neighbor. He is an IT guy for a company, and his wife is a respiratory therapist at Modesto Memorial and Stanford. Both are essential employees. They have a child in elementary. He was telling me the struggle of having to be a teacher too. I heard the same stories from parents that are at home with their kids. The memes are funny but only because they are 100% accurate. A good joke works because…people can relate to it. And below, are some good jokes. I posted the dishwasher meme on CTA Facebook about an hour ago, and it has over 200 likes. Go figure. People can relate.
And now for the funnies…the first is my daughter and the grandkids…and she’s having a wee bit of trouble getting the interest of one of her students. 😊 The next was done by my son-in-law Jim. Funny or not, that’s what kids will remember about this year. And in 10-20 years, they probably won’t remember the disappointment of missing graduation, if that is what happens. And if we have a big birth boom in 9 months, you’ll know why. Plus, we’ll see if any of those children are named Teenie or Corona (means crown, but still), or whatever. I once taught a girl named ABCDE, pronounced ab-see-dee. I’m sure you have examples too. Maybe they’ll be Coronials or Quaranteenies, but we have bigger issues to deal with right now.