COVID-19 and Education
If you feel anything like I do, during the COVID-19 pandemic I have never worked harder. On Saturday we were given a list of reasons why schools in Alberta would be remaining open and how we could best make decisions to help keep ourselves safe and stem the flow of the virus. The next afternoon, we were told that schools were closed and an online delivery method would be implemented. On Monday morning, our professional learning community together sat together and said, “Wow. We have a lot of work on our hands!”
Given the immediacy in the change of instruction, as a community we had one week to completely move to an online platform while the province and our school division worked for hours on end to figure out what learning would look like, and things were changing by the hour. It sincerely has felt like being a first-year teacher again, learning how to instruct, differentiate and assess in a completely new environment.
Thankfully, in the year 2020 we have gained many more ways to communicate and can still ensure that our kids are being educated, whereas in another generation it would have been impossible. The use of YouTube, Zoom and Google Classroom has been of inestimable help in working within the current reality. If anyone reading has any questions or insights about how we can work as a greater professional during this time, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d love the chance to work with you!