Teaching simultaneously

4 May

How do you hold the book so that both the students in the room and the students online can see the cover?

That’s a simple problem I faced as we embarked on simultaneously teaching kids in person and remotely. It’s a whole new learning curve and I feel exhausted like we did when all this began.

I mute myself so the students at home don’t hear the conversations with students in the room, but students at home tell me I’m muted and they think they are missing something.


A student asks for a private conversation in a breakout room. I have to tell them that anything they or I say could be heard by the students in the room.

It’s a delight to get to meet some of my students in person and engage with them, but it’s been a whole new learning curve. To limit contact, my 6th graders stay in the room and we three core Class teachers rotate. I began my career as an itinerant French teacher and I am back to the itinerant life, rolling from class to class on a cart.

I had worked out a comfortable routine working from home: computer in the center, iPad and stand to the left, plan book and everything else to the right. It took me a while to become comfortable on the cart. I opted for a tall cart, so I could use it as a standing desk. I am a natural spreader and there is no right or left with the cart. I have had to adapt and use the cart shelves as my new left and right, but I don’t feel as though I am at the top of my game yet.

I have learned to carry my power cord because my laptop battery doesn’t last all day.

With no home base, I bungee corded a plastic file box to the bottom of my cart so I can carry personal items, like my wallet and car keys, with me as I roll.

I seem to be fine tuning things just fine. Most days seem easier than the previous one, but then I get a day like yesterday, when I kept forgetting to share my screen and couldn’t figure out how to hold that booktalk book.

Thank goodness the kids are very forgiving.

9 Responses to “Teaching simultaneously”

  1. dianelisa2 May 4, 2021 at 6:29 am #

    The demands on teachers this past year have been enormous, inconvenient, and trying. It’s great that you have risen to the challenge of teaching virtually and then in a hybrid situation, and that you are being gentle with yourself in the process. Often, it’s easier to give the kids a chance to learn and make mistakes than to accept that we have to do the same thing to learn something new.

    • Anita Ferreri May 4, 2021 at 3:49 pm #

      This is indeed a tremendous challenge. Be kind to yourself, please, as this is like September all over, in my opinion!

  2. Helen Lemus May 4, 2021 at 6:58 am #

    It helps to be a natural speaker. Isn’t it great to do what you do? Happy day!

  3. arjeha May 4, 2021 at 7:17 am #

    Sounds like you have come full circle. It is a good thing that flexibility is somehow built into all teachers. Don’t know if my old bones could handle all the things asked of teachers today.

    • Adrienne May 4, 2021 at 7:40 am #

      If I were a few years older, I’d seriously consider retiring at the end of this year.

  4. edifiedlistener May 4, 2021 at 10:24 am #

    What you and other teachers have managed in this year of disruption, interruption and shifting demands deserves applause without end. Hybrid plans were certainly developed by folks who decide what happens in schools without ever having to teach in a classroom, I’m afraid. When you say that you’re still not at the top of your game, I hope you can be gentle and forgiving with yourself. Showing up every day is already a huge achievement!

  5. Lisa Corbett May 4, 2021 at 12:55 pm #

    The itinerant French teacher at my school has a well-stocked cart! I don’t know how I would manage. I admire people who can make it work. Hopefully this is temporary! Hopefully next year these skills will be shoved onto a shelf.

    • Adrienne May 4, 2021 at 3:35 pm #

      Your lips to God’s ears.

  6. Ms Victor Reads May 5, 2021 at 3:49 am #

    When I hear stories like this I do not know how I would cope with what you are having to do. The fact that some teachers have been doing it for months is even more ridiculous. Take it easy on yourself for sure and aim low!

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