Welcome to my new virtual world. In this pandemic land of “new normal,” my favorite vocabulary words have become Zoom and Google Meets, and the navigating is easy enough for even this “old fart” to understand. The virtual world is not something I ever expected to become my everyday work life. And along with distance teaching, I’ve discovered a wonderful non-work, plus side that has certainly been out there but was something I hadn’t tapped until now - regular virtual get-togethers with loved ones and friends all over the country.
Let’s start with the distance teaching world I’ve had to use. For the past, nearly 9 weeks, I’ve followed my work routine of getting up early, getting ready and entering my new computer classroom. While we don’t always follow school periods, I’m usually on my laptop about 8:15, the usual start to period 1 and then it begins — virtual student sessions, teacher meetings and webinars related to a reading program I started teaching before Covid-19 struck.