Spartan

31 Mar

Welcome to my new home away from home. I mean that literally and figuratively. This is neither the classroom in which I taught for six years, nor the home office from which I have taught for the last year. It is my hybrid classroom. It looks like a detention room.

The bulletin board was left up when we left the building in March 2020. There was a long-term sub in the room, so it wasn’t taken down. It felt as if it were still February 2020, the only date I found on the papers that were strewn atop the desks and bookcases – a moment frozen in time. Not knowing what else to do, I collected the papers and put them in the teacher cabinet. I don’t think anyone will come for them, but experience has taught me that, if I toss them, someone will want them.

The cart is my new desk. Since students stay and teachers rotate, this is the vehicle on which I will travel from portable to portable to portable. In my first year of teaching, I was an itinerant French teacher, traveling from room to room with rolls of chart paper, a masking tape bracelet, and a cassette player. In a way, it feels like I am coming full circle in my career.

14 Responses to “Spartan”

  1. Kathleen Britto March 31, 2021 at 6:23 am #

    Like a detention room is exactly right! I loved how you captured the strangeness of the untouched room.

  2. arjeha March 31, 2021 at 6:59 am #

    It is something how something that should be comforting and inviting has become cold and uninviting. I know the teachers that come and go into the room will bring warmth and happiness with them, but still.

  3. gbrock March 31, 2021 at 7:13 am #

    You are a blessing to many, including me. I wish you nothing but the best as your teaching career resumes, what an adventure education really is! Thank you for sharing your life with us. I will be forever grateful.

  4. jumpofffindwings March 31, 2021 at 8:01 am #

    Bon chance! (I know you will make magic happen, a la cart, or any other way.)

    • jumpofffindwings March 31, 2021 at 8:02 am #

      And I love your one-word title…perfect!

  5. hzreflections March 31, 2021 at 8:17 am #

    The February 2020 line, really stood out to me. I had something like that happen to me. That is interesting that the teachers will rotate rooms, but the kids will stay the same. Best of luck in this new transition.

  6. sallydonnelly11 March 31, 2021 at 9:03 am #

    I especially like how you describe exactly how the room looks down to the bulletin board and papers from Feb 2020. Great ending, connecting back to 1st yr of teaching and great title!

  7. dmsherriff March 31, 2021 at 10:44 am #

    It’s so bizarre to see the moment frozen in time and think about moving forward. I wish you nothing but the best as you take on new adventures!

  8. JudyK /J Koval March 31, 2021 at 11:26 am #

    Good luck with your new adventure! I have been teaching middle school this year in-person, remotely, and in a hybrid form…and I’ve survived it all. I know that you will, too! Remember: Things may be Spartan now, but they won’t stay that way forever! πŸ™‚ ~JudyK

  9. Shaista March 31, 2021 at 1:24 pm #

    I’m thinking my first day back will also feel like something out of a movie, with me carressing the desks and the bulletin boards. Time has really stood still within the walls of our buildings, while outside, we’ve lived decades during the span of one year!

  10. Lisa Corbett March 31, 2021 at 2:18 pm #

    I hope your first day back was a good one, despite the strangeness. I love that you have a cart! These full circle moments are always fun for me. It reminds me to reflect on how my life and my teaching have evolved over time.

  11. Fran McCrackin March 31, 2021 at 3:04 pm #

    This post is so funny and not-funny. It is a great thing to capture and share.
    Thanks for all the enjoyment you have given me, reading your writing over several years.

  12. MJ Strong March 31, 2021 at 5:59 pm #

    Good luck! This is such an honest reflection of where we are in education right now. The details about the papers and calendar from 2020. That hit me – we have a bulletin board in our teacher’s room with Christmas cards from 2019. It’s feels like we are frozen in time. Good luck with the rest of the year.

  13. Brian Rozinsky March 31, 2021 at 6:50 pm #

    Earlier this month, I cracked open a classroom time capsule from before the pandemic and had an experience just like yours. While my hybrid classroom is starting to take shape, my hybrid brain is not getting up to speed quite as quickly πŸ™‚ All the best as you take on your next professional challenge.

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