This is my day #7 (well, 9 if we include 2 snow days right before my accident) not waking up at 5:30 & getting ready, not loading the car with our two kids, not driving 23.5 miles to my school while eating breakfast, not sitting at my desk thinking about my teaching day, and not being with my students.
I miss everything I listed. I even miss the things I didn’t list.
Following up an email, my friend and colleague, Jared, called me yesterday. I asked him to download Skype onto our classroom laptop so I can talk to my 8th grade students. Because he is a nice and caring guy, he did.
This morning at 11 AM, I was sitting reading through my 8th graders’ blog posts. I dug up some resources for their projects and while posting, I received a Skype call. It was Jared. We chatted about how we are going to set my call up. I wanted to just say hi and tell my students how they were to go about their music projects.
One by one they came into class, seeing my projected face via Skype.
They asked me if I was OK.
Some stared at the laptop camera.
They waved. 🙂
It was like I was in the room, greeting them into my classroom.
I told them I missed them. I miss talking to them. I miss listening to them. I almost cried talking about just a few months we have together until they graduate (my school is a Prek-8th). Time is passing by…so fast.
While looking around the room, I saw one of my students, T, with his guitar. I passively asked him to play me a tune. As usual, he got shy and denied the request. I thought it was a worth a shot. Maybe next time…
Wait, then I heard some shuffling, kids mumbling, and then saw OT bring his Baby Taylor and a folding chair in front of the laptop.
It was a live serenade.
We sat quietly and enjoyed the music for those few minutes. I loved every moment that we all shared together. Just beautiful…
Several things amazed me:
- This student just took up guitar last year. He has improved so much since then. Did he not only grow in his passion for music, he matured through it. His expression, development of discipline to practice, and learned to remember his equipment for each music class. He had found what makes him come alive. He is a happy young man.
- My other students who sat quietly observing and really appreciating their peer’s music. They were a great audience who gave him a rousing ovation.
- What is this Skype thing? It is an amazing tool we have to connect with people near and far, for free! I am so happy that we live at a technologically complex time (I read a great post by @dougpete this morning that got me thinking). Yes, there are a lot to understand; these great tools ARE available for us to use in our classrooms. I want to learn as much as I can so I can teach better.
As I sit in a warm, sun-shone room, I have to tell you that I can’t wait to return to what I love – teaching.
How am I doing these days?
I am taking more steps and getting stronger. Thanks for visiting!