I think it’s safe to say that this school year is not ending in the way that any of us hoped or planned for. Who would have guessed in February when we moved to a Home-based Learning Program, that we’d still be here in June, teaching a hybrid model, with the end of the school year just around the corner!
I’m sure throughout these last few months there have been times of frustration, confusion and worry. I’m equally sure there have been moments of joy, satisfaction, connection and pride. Throughout these months parents and caregivers have partnered with teachers to make the best out of this situation. You have been on hand to support and watch your children learn and grow.
The end of a school year is an obvious time to reflect. As we finish up a semester of unprecedented home learning, it’s worth taking the time to consider what has happened over the last few months. It’s been an interesting and unusual experience.
To make meaning from this experience it’s helpful to carve out time to reflect. Reflection can lead to deeper understandings and appreciation as well as can help us get in touch with what matters most. It also allows us time to celebrate what has been achieved.
In the next week or so, as the school year is wrapping up and gearing for the summer program, try creating some space to reflect. Choose a quiet time when you are on your own. Here are some questions that might guide your thinking.
Throughout this period：
• What brought you joy?
• What surprised you?
• What are you proud of?
• What have you learned about your child?
• What have you learned about yourself?
• What have you started doing that you would like to keep doing as Home-based Learning does come to an end?
As you reflect, try focusing on the positives. Of course, there is a benefit in reflecting on things that did not work - there is learning and growth to be had in doing this. But that’s not our goal today. Our goal is to take time to consider what has worked well and to re-live some of the joyful moments. These are exceptional times and I imagine that these last months have not always been easy. I am sure though, that we can all find moments that make us proud and are worthy of celebration.
My highlights have been Zoom meetings with students and families, getting to know some of our community, watching in awe the Piano & Violin Recital and Let’s Show, spectacular art posted in our online gallery, numerous live stream lessons hearing stories and laughter while students connect with their teachers and the stories of resilience, creativity as parents navigated this pandemic with positivity and determination.
You can get in touch with Ken at email@example.com.