Teachers’ Thoughts on Returning to School: As Told By David Rose


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Teachers have mixed feelings on returning to school every year. Excitement to meet new students. Nervousness about a new school year. Sadness at how fast summer flew by. Those feelings are even more mixed and deep this year with the added complications and concerns brought on by COVID-19. Here are 25 thoughts many teachers have had about returning to school as told by David Rose from Schitt’s Creek.

1. When you’re in disbelief that school is starting again already.

If we ignore the situation, will it go away?

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2. When people say that we need schools to reopen so our economy can go back to normal.

Oh because teachers are a bunch of babysitters?

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3. When admin assures the staff that they’ve got everything under control.

Mm, yeah, OK.

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4. When people say you should just quit teaching if you don’t want to go back.

Umm…

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5. When admin keeps adding to your workload.

There are not enough hours in the day.

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6. When you have serious doubts the plan is going to work, but know you don’t have a say.

Okay. Got it. We’ll do what we have to do!

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7. When you just can’t comprehend social distancing with 25 kindergartners.

Just one more time…

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8. When they say that there is nothing in the data that suggests the reopening of schools is dangerous.

Nothing at all?

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9. When they announce that students will be eating lunch in your classroom.

And it just keeps on getting better!

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10. When non-teachers insist that everything is gonna be “fine”…

Easy for you to say.

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11. When you’re not quite prepared, but enthusiastically welcome your students anyway.

Are we ever truly 100% ready for a new year to start?

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12. When you have to teach in-person AND online at the same time.

We’ll make it work. Somehow.

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13. When you have 30 students that you have to keep 6 feet apart at all times.

But… how?

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14. When your alarm goes off for another long day of “mask policing“.

“Your mask is not a braceletYour mask is not a slingshot… Your mask is not a tissue… Where is your mask?!?”

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15. When you have to attend PD sessions in August on Zoom.

And the presenter is still reading off the PowerPoint slides.

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16. When you hand out personal supplies for the year knowing most students won’t follow directions.

“Don’t lose them or let anyone else touch them.”

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17. When a student asks if they can borrow your mask because theirs has Taki dust inside.

First of all, ew. And secondly…

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18. When you see a student blow their nose in their mask and put it back on.

*gag reflex triggered*

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19. When you’re excited about all the free resources from Bored Teachers.

Like this list of Chrome extensions. And this roundup of online learning tools. Or these ideas for calm down corners.

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20. When you reluctantly admit summer is over and go back to work.

We’re as ready as we’re going to be!

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21. When you get the welcome email from admin announcing the back to school schedule.

So… this is really happening.

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22. When they start the first staff meeting of the school year with a virtual ice breaker.

Just when you thought ice breakers couldn’t get any worse…

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23. When you know you’re going to be ok because you’re an amazing teacher!

Remind yourself often! You’ve got this!

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24. When you’re stressed out from all the uncertainty, but you’re happy to be with the kids again.

We missed you little rascals!

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25. When you see your teacher besties and toast (with lukewarm coffee) to a new school year!

Our students need us more than ever and we’ll do our best for them as always.

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Thanks, David Rose and Schitt’s Creek, for summing up the feelings of teachers returning to school!

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Rachael Moshman
Rachael Moshman, M.Ed. is a mom, educator, writer, and advocate for self-confidence. She’s been a teacher in classrooms of infants through adult college students. She loves pizza, Netflix and yoga.
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