Monday, October 5, 2020

Reordering Our Lives

Recently I heard a sermon by my pastor talking about the pandemic and how it affected our lives. At first, we had order and then the virus hit. Then we had disorder because of all the changes. Then as we figured out what we needed to do to live safely, we made changes and this had reordered our lives. More than like we will not be able to go back to the way life was before the virus.

I think these changes (order, disorder, and reorder) happy many times throughout our lives.

As young children, we are cared for by our parents and a certain order and routine develops. Then we go to school, and disorder happens to our routines. We have specific bedtimes, new routines, expectations, and rules that we have to learn. Eventually, life settles down and we have reordered our lives to fit into this new change.

When we finish our school career we have to decide if we want to go out into the work world or continue our schooling. Whichever we choose, our life goes through another disorder as we experience major changes that affect us. Eventually, we will develop a new routine and schedule and our life is once again reordered.

If we decide to move in with or marry a significant other, we have to adjust to a new life with another person. Our life is in disorder until we adjust living with someone else we love. Their opinions matter to us and our decisions affect them as much as us. Once adjustments are made, our life together is reordered.

This applies to our classrooms. Many experienced teachers had an established routine and system that worked for them before the pandemic. Then the pandemic hit and scheduling became a nightmare which was a major disorder into our tidy lives. Now it is time to reorder our teaching lives.

During this time of reordering, we need to find out what works and what doesn't work. How can we be both effective and efficient with our time? How can we really make an impact on students when we are on hybrid schedules? If we go back to fully face to face, we need to remember these lessons in case we end up going back to teaching remotely or hybrid again.

No comments: