Today was our first day of school. Pre-K, Kindergarten, and first grade students are attending four days a week and students with IEPs in 2nd-5th grade are also attending. Seeing kids walking down the hall (socially distanced and with masks) was a beautiful sight. Having kids in my classroom for the first time since the middle of March was the absolute best!
After this first day, I realized that I made some interesting discoveries today and drafted a short list.
Things I Discovered Today…
Breath mints are a must when masked for any length of time.
Don’t even think about trying to take a drink from your water bottle when you’re masked. I almost took a big drink from my water bottle before I remembered that I was still wearing my mask.
Even if you think that your lesson in Google Classroom is all set, there’s probably a glitch that you’ll need to fix somewhere and you won’t realize that until after it’s posted for all students.
My new voice amplifier works great! I ordered one from Amazon because I am naturally a soft-spoken person and worried that students wouldn’t be able to hear me with my mask on. Even though I work with very small groups or students individually, I wanted to make sure that students don’t have to strain to hear me. I was pleased with the quality of the amplifier and how easy it was to use. I was also happy that I remembered to take it off before going to the bathroom!
The new preschoolers are so tiny! This is the first year we’ve had a preschool program for more than a decade. It was great to see these little folks become a part of our school family!
Tomorrow is a deep cleaning day at school, so we’ll all be holding office hours in our classroom and preparing for Thursday. I’m sure that I will make more discoveries tomorrow!