How to Go Back to In-Person Teaching

How to Go Back to In-Person Teaching

Step 1: Try on your pants

We are all so used to not only being seen from the torso up that our pants have been nonexistent for the past few months. Most of us have been wearing sweatpants, shorts, and even no pants at all for so long. Showing up to school in your swim trunks or yoga pants I’m pretty sure will be frowned upon.
To prepare for in-person teaching try on your pants. One, to see if they fit and two, to get used to the feel of them. It’s important to train yourself to keep your pants buttoned for up to 8 hours because you can no longer turn the camera off. I highly suggest intervals. Each day wear your pants a little bit longer until you can refrain from ripping them off. No one is no longer going to cut you slack if you forget to wear your slacks. 

Step 2: Practice muting yourself in real life

The principal isn’t going to buy the excuse, “It’s ok, Mr. Smith, no one can hear my talking because my mic is on mute.” in a staff meeting.
Start practicing now by keeping quiet when someone else is talking. Try turning on the TV and watching the news. Do your best to eliminate all background noise. Refrain from talking. I realize this is extremely hard, but try your best to plaster a big smile on your face and nod your head occasionally. 

Step 3: Realize your whole body will now be seen

We are all used to slightly adjusting our bodies so we are out of the frame to do our texting or crossword puzzle when we are meant to be listening to the staff meeting.
When we go back to school, we need to realize we can’t obscure ourselves to lie our head down or roll our eyes during mind-numbing meetings. We can’t pick our nose, laugh loudly, swear under our breaths. Everything will be seen like it’s 1984. 

Step 4: Practice holding your pee


Teachers have gotten used to the luxury of peeing whenever they felt like it. It will be hard to readjust our bodies to no longer being able to use the facilities when the time arises. We can’t just turn our cameras and sound off. We will have full classes once again and extra duties which won’t allow us to excuse ourselves.
See how long you can hold your pee each day to practice returning to normal. If you get a UTI or bladder infection, congratulations you have succeeded and passed your training! You are ready!

Step 5: Study your colleagues’ faces. 

You might want to brush up on what they look like before returning to school. I suggest stalking your colleagues’ and administration’s social media accounts, so you can remember what they look like in real life. “Ohh, Ms. Johnson, you aren’t an icon of a cat in real life?” It could be quite embarrassing if you turn off for school and you can’t put faces to names. Start studying now!

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My name is Lauren, and I was born in New Jersey, grew up in West Virginia, went to college in Pennsylvania, and now live and work in North Carolina. I'm a high school teacher of the deaf and hard-of-hearing by day, a cross country coach by the afternoon, a writer by night, and a mom to an amazing toddler boy full time. I love my faith, running, watching baseball, chocolate, scrapbooking, pretending I would actually do well on the Amazing Race, re-watching The Office, listening to Bobby Bones, inspiring young minds, and as of recently moming it! 

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