Forgetting How to Teach
The holiday break brought some much needed time off. I felt refreshed as I returned to work, but my first day back was a bit disorienting.
I underestimated how much I could forget about how to teach remotely after eleven consecutive days off.— Patrick Honner (@MrHonner) January 4, 2021
I opened my agenda and my SMART Notebook, but forgot to open my lesson plan. I forgot to assign my Geogebra classroom activities ahead of time. I forgot to print out my rosters. I forgot to share my screen. I forgot to check if I was muted.
The muscle memory of teaching I had worked so hard to rebuild had faded after 11 days of vacation. I suppose that’s what vacation’s for, but it’s been many years since I’ve been caught off guard like that after a break.
By the end of the week things it felt like we were back to normal again. In school, at least.