“The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change, the realist adjusts the sails.” - William Arthur Ward
The interruption of the school year will allow us to choose. Are you a pessimist, an optimist, or a realist? The adjustments that we have all had to make have been life changing. Life IS changing. As students, you have had to try to complete your school work and tasks at hand without the convenience of a teacher and the comfort of a classroom. As parents, you have had to manage finances, shopping, teaching, working, and many other challenges without any warning. As teachers, you have had to figure out how to communicate with students and families better, and provide valuable and continual instruction from home to the students of your class that you never really get to see.
At ALES, teachers are working hard to figure out the best way to set their sails as they move through this turbulent time. Teachers are blogging, having lunch bunch meetings over Zoom, creating class Facebook pages to share work, setting up YouTube channels to offer video instruction and working to continue your daily Gator announcements. They are figuring out how to transition to electronic report cards, and how to redesign our building for the upcoming capital project when they can not even come through the doors. They are worrying about how students are really doing when they can not read their body language and see their faces everyday.
In one month and without much warning, we have all reached the end of some part of our comfort zone.
It would be easiest to be the pessimist and to complain. It would feel better to be the optimist and just hope the changes would go away. I hope you are comforted by the fact that ALES teachers have committed to being the realist and have adjusted their sails. They will continue to navigate towards what is best in this moment for our Allegany Limestone Elementary students and families.
What will you do?
Allegany Limestone Elementary School Principal