Things I Discovered Today #sol20

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!

3 thoughts on “Things I Discovered Today #sol20

  1. Darin Johnston

    >My new voice amplifier works great! <

    My voice projects fairly well in the classroom, but with the amplifier, I didn't feel as though I need to force it for the first time ever. True, it was muffled by the mask, but I came home on our first days with my throat not sore, which is a new one for me!

    I'm glad to hear that your first day went well. I hope each day brings better things! 🙂



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