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  1. They are 75 minutes. I'm trying to build in some breaks and some work time because they can't get much done during a video class. It's too distracting.
  2. I've been teaching online for 8 weeks now. The video sessions 5 hours a day is draining. I put in way more time with meetings, planning, grading, parent contacts than before. My stress level is through the roof. I feel like I'm on the clock all day. I try to keep class time light, supportive, upbeat, interesting to try and keep students engaged. I've scaled back my curriculum and reconfigured my grading practices. It's just never enough. I feel like if this is the new norm, I'm pretty much done.
  3. My classroom windows do not open....AT ALL. I've contemplated what to throw through the windows in case of an active shooter because there is only the one exit.
  4. This is the beginning of week two online for me. The earliest we'll return in person for hybrid is October. I spent all last week mainly setting routines, breaking ice, and developing community. I'm working from home teaching barefoot in shorts and a tee. I could get used to this.
  5. I think half were because they were looking for cheaper options, with a more "rigorous" curriculum... ? I believe they ordered something, but it hasn't come in yet, we haven't been trained yet, but we're ALREADY starting! I'm still investigating the other. I think the new curriculum and instruction director is a finger in the pie bargain shopper. We're adopting next year. Who can say? I would be stressed out, but I just can't anymore. I think I'm writing my own textbooks this year.
  6. So my school is launching online learning, video classes on a schedule, together with attendance starting Monday for two months. In October, if the Governor doesn't extend this lock down further, we'll begin the split-personality phase, also known as Hybrid Learning. We aren't allowed to use any physical books for the Online Learning, and no shared resources for Hybrid Learning. Somehow in their infinite wisdom, the district let all my online digital resource subscriptions lapse, so I have basically no textbooks for four different preps. I'm just laughing at this point.
  7. Yesterday, our governor announced that high schools will not start the in-person hybrid until at least October 5. My district is going ahead with online August 3, following the exact same schedule we'll be using for hybrid, minus the "Acceleration/Intervention" (i.e. babysitting) between arrival and instruction. I feel sorry for parents who have to work and have to find supervision for their kids, but am glad we're starting online only as opposed to juggling both.
  8. They are my own personal appliances in my own classroom that no one else is supposed to enter. 🤷‍♀️
  9. Honestly, I would much rather be back in the classroom full-time. That isn't an option. My district is starting online. We can teach from home or school, but if we are at school, we have to stay isolated in our classrooms and make sure we do not congregate or go to the office or especially eat with colleagues. Somewhere down the line, at the whim discretion of the governor, we will move to hybrid (Group A: Mon., Tues.; Group B: Thurs, Fri.; All online when not in school). This plan stresses me out. I'm very comfortable with digital tools, Google Classroom, the entire G-Suite, project-based learning. I've been doing it for the last three years. But juggling an online class while engaging in-class students simultaneously seems like a logistic headache. My district has purchased two face masks per staff member, gloves, face shields, and cleaning supplies. No one is allowed at school on Wednesdays, to allow for aggressive cleaning. They are prohibiting us from using microwaves and personal refrigerators...I still don't quite understand that. I feel anxious and off-balance, and did I mention stressed? Teachers can request all online teaching, but they are not guaranteed a position. I miss the good ol' days. 😟
  10. My district informed us that we will be 100% online for at least the first two weeks. After that depends on the covid 19 rates.
  11. I teach high school. My district is giving parents a choice, online or hybrid (2 days/week in school). Of those who bothered to answer the survey, parents were 50% online, 50% hybrid. Students online will have to attend video lessons with attendance taken. Some teachers will be exclusively teaching online. Hybrid students and teachers will wear masks and sit 6 feet apart (yeah right). Teachers will somehow magically synchronously teach in-class students and the hybrid at-home students, all while wearing a mask. I'll believe when I actually accomplish it.
  12. First talk to the union rep. Then talk to your district Human Resource director about the timeline. There should be an extension due to the test being unavailable. I don't think you would qualify during the summer, since your contract probably specifies that you are paid over 12 months, but it wouldn't hurt to try.
  13. Can you elaborate? I'm not sure what you're saying here.