Days 11 and 12 of remote learning, sandwiching the weekend. You could always question whether there has been learning when it is remote or is it remote education and you hope some learning takes place?
Friday was incredibly busy with some great achievements throughout the day. All a bit of a blur and by the time you arrive home there are other things to do, including a chill. What is great is when children actually master things that you have taught them and go on to lead sessions and show great independence. This is where the real pride comes out, albeit privately, knowing the children are now doing things that they couldn’t do not too long ago. Days at school now seem to have so many different things come your way in what strangely seem like very quiet times. I feel at the moment we are trying to help so many people and I’m very aware of the difficult times people are in. I do think that within education we are fortunate to be secure in our jobs. That aside, trying to deliver remote sessions when you have children at home is difficult. Take that difficult and multiply it by various numbers and that’s where I feel some parents at home are.
The weekend came and I must say it was enjoyable to get out on the bike and to go for a short walk with the snow falling gently, but very quickly covering the ground. No matter what the pandemic, children smile and enjoy the snow and a sense of normality comes for many and allows them to enjoy some quality family time.
The snowfall continued for all of Sunday and I think partway through the night, to Monday morning. You must always prepare yourself and assume the snow will keep falling; this means getting on with being well prepared the night before, setting the alarm to wake you that little bit earlier and giving yourself enough time to clear the car – and allowing extra time to travel on roads that you can’t possibly know what they’ll be like until you begin. Some people don’t prepare and end up having difficulty making it to work. BBC Radio Leicester tweeted a message advising people to only travel if absolutely necessary. Absolutely right and for us in education I would say the journey was necessary as we provide education for those critical workers; what happens if doctors and nurses and emergency services suddenly have to look after the children because the easy option for some was to shut the school or say they can’t travel? I don’t think they’ll be many hospitals – correction: there will be no hospitals that turn off the lights and tell the patients in intensive care they are shut for a snow day.
There were a number of appreciative parents as they dropped their children off at school, briefly explaining that had we not been open they didn’t know what they would do about work. These are doctors and nurses and people that work in supermarkets. Some people explain how they were unable to go to work due to the weather. Other people turn up.
Looking beyond the negative inconveniences people see as travel, the scenery this morning was absolutely beautiful. Trees with a heavy sprinkling of snow delicately balancing on every branch. The soft and gentle crunching of what we describe as perfect snow. Light and fluffy that you can make into snowballs which seem to disintegrate on impact. Snow that when rolled you can make a snowman or an igloo (not rolled). There was a good amount of time today where children went out and the excitement and enjoyment was so obvious and clear to see on their faces. Children as young as four and as old as 11 literally diving into the snow and laughing. I think today was a win for the children against a hard hitting Covid. Cold fingers and toes but warm hearts a plenty.
There will have been many people that would’ve struggled with the snow today, with slippy pathways and cancelled journeys. Keep fighting and remembering how there can be good days where Covid gets forgotten for groups of children in bubbles.
Stay safe, stay strong, but remember to have some fun.