I shared this Arthur Ashe quote during my sessions last week: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
Many teachers commented on the quote: the relevance and reassuring tone.
As we go into the first official week of the 2020-21 school year, these words remind us to do our best and control what we can. Will the week be perfect? No. Will we be challenged and exhausted by the end? Likely. Will it be exciting to connect with our new students (either in person on online)? Absolutely.
Although much of the focus will be on procedures, protocols, and routines, be sure to save time for a read aloud or two. Bring some ‘normal’ into each day.
And remember, we’re in this together. Reach out to your colleagues. Share ideas. Share frustrations. Share strength.