I’ve been pondering a comparison in my head for a bit now. As we react to the rapid escalation of all things related to the novel coronavirus I can’t help but think about technology. Technology rapidly escalated in our lives as well. Rather than our old comfortable bags of tricks, we have each learned to leap up and grasp entirely new bags of tricks. And now, thanks to all those new bags of tricks, namely our embrace of technology, we have the means of facing this next adventure.
As I went through the day yesterday with my class, preparing them for the distance learning we would be embarking on, I talked but I also listened.
“Yeah, guys, this isn’t a good thing. We aren’t staying home to have fun. We’re staying home because bad stuff is happening. I don’t want this to happen,” one said as they came in the door that morning. Obviously they are concerned about what is going on in the world. They are hearing talk and it worries them.
“My dad says it’s different than vacation. He says I’m going to use my Chromebook to do school work and then I can also play and have fun,” another explained as we were putting things in our backpacks. Obviously their parents are stepping in and lending a strong guiding hand. They understand what we are all trying to do and maintaining a sense of normalcy for their children.
“But I’m going to miss you guys. I just want to hang out!” a sentiment spoken by many. Ahhh, here is a big one! The social aspect of life is huge. Some kids will be very cut off from all they have grown to love about their life right now.
“I’m going to miss you Mrs. Scannell.” Yup, I’m going to miss them too.
So I continued explaining what I was planning for them and how they would be using their Chromebooks (so excited about bringing them home). And that’s when they leaped into the next adventure with me.
“Mrs. Scannell, can you set it up on Classroom so we can just write stories?”
“Can we bring our writing notebooks home and keep writing? I have a lot of stories in here that I never finished.”
“Can you read to us while we are home? Maybe you can read “The Wild Robot Returns!” (We just finished The Wild Robot.)
“Can we write to each other? Like, can we see each other in Classroom?”
Wow, these kids, having technology as part of their bag of tricks and can already see where this could go. The virus is scary but they trust the adults in their lives to take care of that. Now they just want to hang out with each other, keep having fun.
Now I just have to catch up to them and make it happen! Good luck everyone!