Monday, November 08, 2021

Gratiku Day Eight


Monday, and I'm hard at work teaching online. Distance Learning, we call it, and some days it can be pretty frustrating. The distance is the issue. A lack of fuel, and a presence of danger, is keeping us apart, and we're doing our best to connect anyway.

But we're still sharing books, and they're still writing.

Today in our sixth grade Zoom, we read the part in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe where Peter rescues his sister from being eaten by the wolf. I pointed out to my students that I liked the way Lewis describes the fight, how it's kind of a confusing mess, and when it's done, Peter isn't entirely sure what happened. I told them that I've never killed a wolf, but that I've been in lots of situations where I have to muddle through and do what needs to be done in a moment of chaos and stress, and then suddenly it's over. 

No, I'm not killing wolves, but these are stressful, difficult days, and we're making it work the best we can. I'm thankful for useful, important work to do, and wonderful students to teach.

Post work, grade work, Zoom,
Write, read, Zoom, Zoom, share our words,
Learning still happens.

Birdtober? Gratiku? What's up with me and these made-up words and daily posting? Well, I've learned that a tiny little burst of creativity each day helps keep me going, stops me from being entirely fixated on the mess. That's why I post daily photos on Facebook. And that's why I'm doing these writing projects. This one is a daily haiku about something I'm thankful for. (A gratitude haiku - get it?) As long as the internet keeps working, I'm going to try to post one every day in November.

1 comment:

Linda B said...

Good to see your post today, Ruth. Along with taking care of yourself, it sounds like you are also taking good care of your students, giving them some powerful survivor ideas! Nice work!