A tough slog #SOL22

Slog. It’s a word we don’t hear often. One definition is “a spell of difficult, tiring work.” That’s about the best way I can describe the beginning of this school year.

Our numbers are high and our Kindergarteners are young. Very young. Barely made the “five by September 1st cutoff” young. Sitting is hard. Listening is hard. Following directions is hard. Being together is hard. Is that a post-pandemic thing? I don’t think so, but who knows.

What I do know is I’m learning to teach again under more “normal” circumstances. Our rug is back. We sit on the floor together. Our desks are pushed together in pods. I read “real” books that aren’t projected on a screen. I make charts in front of students on the easel instead of reading Google slide after slide.

There’s so much good. Focusing on the good should help me survive the slog, right? I’ll keep you posted.

Thanks for wondering and wandering a bit with me today. And many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here every Tuesday throughout the year and daily during the month of March.

5 thoughts on “A tough slog #SOL22

  1. I love how you’re choosing each day to see the brightness instead of the slog. This is another challenging year, but we definitely have a new appreciation for some things we used to take for granted, don’t we?

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  2. I haven’t been able to name what has made this year a harder start – but I’m with you! It has been a slog! I have intervention groups up and running, but I can’t say it’s smooth yet! Maybe soon. Happy fall weather coming!

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  3. Things do seem a little closer to the old days now, and I think getting used to that is part of the slog. Being almost back to the old normal is now our brand-new new normal, as we transition out of the old new normal. No wonder we’re tired!

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  4. I love the word slog because it sounds exactly what it means, and while you feel overwhelmed, look at all the cool stuff you get to do again with your students and think about how far you will bring those barely 5 year olds by the end of the year. Whoever says 5 is 5 has never taught just barely 5 year olds. There is a huge difference. You always write interesting stories about your Kindergartners-have a wonderful year.

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