Teamwork in Tumultuous Times
Posted by Joanna on April 2, 2020
ASM’s faculty and staff are experiencing a lot of “firsts.” First time conducting virtual team meetings and on-line classes. First time experiencing what it feels like to do our jobs remotely. And, for the first time, ASM’s faculty and staff gathered last Tuesday virtually for our monthly Faculty and Staff Meeting.
I can’t tell you how heartwarming it felt to see everyone together in the same “room.” Rather than a typical meeting agenda, we shared what it has felt like to be planning lessons for, and teaching our students remotely.
Students in the upper elementary and middle school have been participating in on-line classrooms since March 16. It was wonderful to hear from the teachers how quickly the students have adapted to the new learning environment. Listening to the various ways in which they have been supportive of one another was a high point of my day. Teachers of the younger students shared their excitement about upcoming virtual connections that will take place soon.
I was not surprised to hear that the consensus of group was that we miss our students tremendously. We yearn for the daily interactions that we share with the children and the gratification we feel from doing a job that we love. The spontaneous shout of “I did it!” and seeing the students happy and laughing as they travel the hallways with friends are the moments that can’t quite be replicated remotely.
It is hard to ignore that this is a highly stressful time for us all, including the students. We will continue to plan for ways to interact with students and to support them emotionally and academically, in ways that are age appropriate.
We will get through this together.