I've had four days with students in my classroom this week. It's been fun in some ways and quite challenging in other ways. Challenging is when I'm waiting for a Google document to load on my shared screen and all I can think of is how much time it's taking away from the class as we all watch the black screen- waiting to see words appear. Challenging is also feeling like I'm losing the virtual kids. I noticed that fewer screens are turned on at home this week and I hope that's not a sign of what's to come.
Thankfully, the good completely outweighs the bad. Those few kids who did nothing while at home are doing great in person. They are happy to be in the building and happy to be with other kids. The highlight of my week came late today when a student asked if she could borrow a book from my library. Then a second student saw a copy of Hard Luck that he wanted to borrow. And just like that my lending library was back in business and everything felt more normal than it has in a long, long time.