COVID-19 has disrupted working norms for most people, from mask requirements to social distancing to even conducting business at home. I can’t speak to everyone’s experience, but as a teacher, I can say that this year has been the most challenging of my career, and not in a good way.
The combination of in-person and remote learners, ZOOM instruction and health mitigations has created an atmosphere of almost constant stress and self-doubt that is utterly exhausting. But with the arrival of spring and vaccinations, I’m beginning to remember why I love my job. This week held a couple of joyful moments that I think even non-educators can appreciate.
The first can be captured in two words: pastry ring. I occasionally receive leftover doughnuts or an unwanted cupcake, but I’ve never been gifted 10 cherry and cheese Danishes fused together into a delectable baked wreath. And what made it even sweeter (pun intended) was that this kid is a ZOOMER; he had to recruit his friend to deliver it because he never steps foot in the building! They like me, they really like me!
The following day, as we in the social studies department began our hallway karaoke session, another remarkable event unfolded. Toward the end of a decent rendition of “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” from “Dirty Dancing” by yours truly, two male teachers signaled to each other across the way, backed up, and then, you guessed it, performed … The Lift. Right? I nearly wept as cheers erupted.
We’ve all been affected by the pandemic, but hopefully you’re starting to find joy again in your work. I know I am.