Day 1 Week 1: Learning from home

Note: I’m working on
Super Better QUEST 19: What’s Your Number?
Today’s ratio: 3:1

Day one of week one of working, schooling, and learning from home is in the books. Our teams prepared, planned, and practiced. Metaphorically it might have looked like this.

We are learning to adapt to our new virtual meeting rooms. While there were a few kinks, the day seemed long but smooth.

My office door was open and busy. Just as on a regular day, there’s not enough time, and yet, the work is so rewarding.

Here’s the big picture breakdown of my day:

  • 7:30 – Quick chat with Amanda about technology and distance learning. Added bonus: SBT popped to chat too.
  • 8:00 – Quick check-in with Rhonda, Monique, and Caroline to troubleshoot a connectivity issue or two.
  • 8:15 – Check in with Joe.
  • 8:30 – Breakfast with my daughter.
  • 9:00 – Independent work organizing the Summer Reading flyer and form for faculty.
  • 10:00 – Academic Leadership Team meeting.
  • 11:15 – Soundcheck with various members of the Leadership Team.
  • 11:30 – Leadership Team meeting
  • 1:00 – Lunch alone. Annie had lunch during Leadership.
  • 1:30 – Quick check-in with Alyssa.
  • 1:45 -Continued working on the Summer Reading flyer and form for faculty.
  • 2:30 – Grade Level Team Leaders meeting.
  • 3:45 – Close office door to go for a run.
  • 4:15 – Diverted from run to take Annie to the grocery store and bookstore.
  • 5:30 – Fixed spaghetti and fixings for supper.
  • 6:15 – Talk about light refraction with Annie (I do not know about this part of physics) and listened to her explain her geometry homework.
  • 7:00 – Put ham in the oven and roast in the Instant Pot so that we have food for tomorrow (and more days this week).
  • 7:30 – Finally plodded around the neighborhood for a 2-mile run. Strava paused at 1.5 miles but 5K trainer says I covered 2. I agree with 5K Trainer.
  • 8:30 – Put finishing touches on Summer Learning Flyer and Summer Learning form.
  • 9:30 – Closing out.

How was it different than a normal day at school?

I hardly moved other than to go from my desk to get coffee and water. My desk allows me to both sit and stand.

What will I need to do differently tomorrow? 

More movement is needed. I made the commitment to keep my door open, but I should make myself take both brain and physical breaks. Setting a timer to remind me to walk outside, take the stairs in our home, and stretch might be my first planned adjustment to my workflow.

I’m curious… How was your day the same? How was it different? What adjustments do you need to make?

McGonigal, Jane. SuperBetter(p. 180). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

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