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Monthly Archives: January 2021

Bert’s Clock

“You know, I really like that…” she said to the boy sitting next to her. Her voice was muffled from her mask. I couldn’t tell what she was talking about, but she was pointing at the front of the room. I looked at the monitor on the wall to see what it was about the […]

Crumpled Evidence

She posted her homework in the early afternoon. I opened it late in the day.  Since we are remote, everyone posts to Google Classroom. A few print out the assignment and write on it. Most write on separate sheets of paper. They all submit photos of their work. She writes on sheets of paper. Meticulously. […]

A Question

“Do you know what a rotary dial phone is? Have you ever used one?”  That was the attendance question for the day. Silly questions, these attendance questions. Just little nothings. All the kids need to do is respond. No right. No wrong. Just the equivalent of raising your hand and saying, “Here.”  Yet what a […]

Taking A Quiz On Zoom

They sit at home in front of their computers in their rooms taking a quiz on Zoom.

Write It Down

She came into my room to ask a question. I forget what it was, but let’s say it was something about an incorrect grade — a not uncommon event but one that can easily be fixed. I told her I’d fix it.  She smiled and said, “Thank you.” She always smiles. And she always says […]

Doing Things The Hard Way

Two students were working on an assignment. They hovered over the handout, holding yellow pencils and talking in hushed voices. “See, you divide by a fraction right here,” one said. “But that’s the hard way,” the other replied after a moment’s delay. You see, fractions are a mystery to most of them. Their understanding of […]

Amanda Gorman

yellow+redarms+hands voice+words How amazing was that? REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (via: Times of San Diego)

Remote Tech

1. So Many Steps “I did the assignment,” she said in an email. She’s pretty good at keeping up with her grades. And when she sees something that she thinks is wrong, she lets me know. I depend on that.  “Thanks for letting me know,” I replied.  I checked Google Classroom, suspecting that I might […]

The Bulletin Board

He stood gazing at the bulletin board outside our classroom. It’s covered in drawings and descriptions that some of the kids drew and wrote. Of Deep Space Network antennas and black holes. Of Chicxulub crater and pyroclastic flow and the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain. Of kabuki and syncopation and the Royal Drums of Burundi. Of the […]

The Wrong Day?

Was that the wrong dream for this particular day?  On a day of dreams of freedom and peace. Of casting aside manacles and chains. On this day of struggle. Of black and white. Of justice. Was this the wrong day for that dream? You might say so. That the day should not be stolen. Should not […]