On Friday, I got to teach a sweet group of 1st graders as they finished their first week of in-person school! Their teacher wasn't able to be there, so I got called in from the district office to sub. I was a little nervous, knowing that the majority of my experience is with older students and not during a pandemic, but it was a blast!
Here are a couple of things I learned:
- The kids did great with wearing masks for most of the day!
- As different as some things felt, so many more things felt normal and familiar. Seeing little people think, learn, and socialize was so refreshing!
- Routines come quickly. This was only Day #4 of being in person for these kids, and they knew their spots, how to keep their distance, how to be careful not to get to close when lining up, etc. It's clear that their teacher really made the classroom a safe and organized space for them, and they are responding!
- Even beneath the masks, there were lots of smiles and giggles. School did not feel like a sterile and scary place.
- The school had it arranged really well for students to stay in their cohorts. We didn't cross paths with any other groups all day, which is important for contact tracing. Things ran like clockwork!