It’s our 2nd trimester planning day with the kinder team. Right off the start, one teacher is pulled back into class for sub shortage. The spirits are low. We talk about how unfortunate this is. We are now down two members, so we think.
People come into our lives and make the world so much better. Ashley is one of these people. She is knowledgeable, kind, and her enthusiasm boosts everyone’s confidence and willingness to try. She’s away this week, and was my understanding won’t be at our meeting.
Ashley left for New York Sunday to attend the Teachers College Assessment Institute. However, the campus closed due to Coronavirus, and everyone was assigned to work off-site remotely. Stephanie suspected she would call. And when the phone rang, she said, “I knew she wouldn’t stay away from us.” I think we were all a little bit relieved that she called. Her input is valuable to the team.
With the phone propped against the computer, she face-times our meeting. Five brains are creating a learning progression scale for Kinder. The energy is high. Then off in the distance, you hear, “Michele fix me. I’m looking at the ceiling.” Laughter breaks free. The phone slid down, facing upward.
“Here, look at JoAn for a while. She won’t mind.” Again, laughter.
Our eyes are back on the document. The team identifies the skills: Pointer Power, Picture Power, Snap Word Power, Sound Power, and Recall Power. All hands are typing away. Throughout the meeting we all bounce back and forth in dialogue. “What do you think?” “How does this sound?” And on. The progression from one star to four stars completed. I love Google Docs. I say to the team, “There is no excuse for planning and teaching in isolation.” Everyone is in agreement even if you are in a hotel room 3,000 miles away in bed working alongside us.
Next, Ashley commands, “Michele put down the phone I’m getting up.” We all laugh and chime in “Ashley.”
She wants to go to lunch with us. We joke about buckling the phone in the seat as we drive off. It’s so refreshing working with this team.