I wanted to do a rah-rah back to school post this year, but I couldn't. I can show you a pile of discarded attempts. This just isn't the year for it, at least not here in America. This is a year to be reflective and take care of each other and ourselves.
This came into sharp focus for me the other day during our back to school professional development day. As a PLC leader, I had a provided agenda to get through about pacing, pedagogy and assessments, but, after our ice breaker about how the summer went, it became obvious that curriculum was the last thing on anyone's mind. Everyone was very stressed and more than a little scared. So, we put the agenda aside and talked about what we can do to manage our stress better in this trying time.
These are some of the things we came up with. I hope they help...
One last thought, please stay healthy and safe and know that we can and will get through this stronger than we went in.
I'm an 18 year veteran teacher that loves teaching, coaching, writing, and my family.