In 25 years of teaching I can honestly say I never saw this coming. Rumors of schools closing or teachers being replaced by technology yes, but never saw it actually happening! Here's the thing... we're not being replaced. We're just adapting to the new norm.
We've done it before. We'll do it again. Education is constantly changing. To be a teacher you must be flexible. It's part of your DNA or you won't make it.
Look at what we've faced so far in my 25 years. We went from theme based teaching where you kind of went with the flow to standardized everything. 9/11 and lockdown drills due to school shootings. Common core changing EVERYTHING we thought we knew about teaching and education. Then there's technology evolving so that what we are expected to do now is even possible.
Like anything else that's thrown at us, there are some that are ahead of the curve and totally ready to teach online or do the distance learning thing. Find them. Ask for help if you aren't there yourself. Teachers are helpers by nature. Social media is full of others sharing apps and opportunities that allow teachers to do this new school thing.
One of the positives that is coming out of this is that classroom walls are truly flattening. Teachers are being forced out of their proverbial islands. We're coming together as a community to do what we can to support the students as we always do. Just remember... WE GOT THIS!
(As always, reach out if I can help you in anyway!)
20+ year teacher, mother of 2 kids and 2 dogs, wife, lover of all things M&M, interested in tech in the classroom, and changing up my teaching