There have been many things to be thankful for today…. family… jobs… sugar free peanut butter cookies… baby chicken peeps… daffodils… smiling faces… technology that helps all to connect. The thing is, most people are upset because of things “lost” due to this world wide shut down. I get that. It is scary for many people. It is even scary for me. However, I am am noticing more and more that God provides little miracles everyday to help make this all work and do-able.
I have to say I am most impressed with how my husband is able to focus working at home. Perhaps it is the cool office space he created for us. Perhaps it is that he is in a happy place. I don’t know. I am just impressed with his focus… so focused that he is still working until dark… LOL. What did he gain from not driving over an hour to and then from work? All kidding aside, I am impressed with his working and so grateful he has a job. My job is temporary. Technically it ends the end of June. It has always been a big looming question whether or not it would ever turn into something more permanent. Now, I fear that the current state of education may flush all my hard work of building something attainable down the drain. I take comfort in the fact that I know God has a plan and I will be happy where ever I end up next… even if I really do want to keep teaching.
I am also grateful for my years of homeschooling. The truth is, I may have an advantage here as teachers are scrambling to create lesson plans for distance learning. I know what it takes to get students interested in learning while still sitting in their pjs. I know what it feels like to be the mom trying to motivate an unwilling teen. I also know what the education side of things is really dreaming of… all those education think tanks. I have skills in both worlds now. The thing is… now is not the time to come right at kids with concepts and principles. Now is the time to speak to them on their level… to inspire them to desire more learning… to inspire them to put down the game controller and to research and learn new skills. Now is the time to really think outside the box in teaching kids. Traditional teaching, no matter what the acronym means, will not work. I am grateful that I have now experienced education from both sides of the fence… as a homeschooling mom who wrote her own curriculum of for her kids in multiple grades to a public school teacher writing curriculum for multiple levels of learners. I can do this.