And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! – A Christmas Carol
Many of us know the story of Scrooge inside and out. This treasure of a novel, as well as its many adaptations, has been teaching us how to keep Christmas well for parts of three centuries now. I’m sure that for most of the Christmases that we have celebrated, it has been relatively easy to “keep Christmas well.” That’s especially true when we’re gathered with the people we love amidst the festive holiday ambiance. It’s as if the message that Charles Dickens conveys in the novel has been leading up to this moment. In order to “keep Christmas well”, our Savior must be at the center of it. This need becomes even greater as we celebrated Christmas differently this year.
I feel extremely confident that we will have a productive period of remote learning following Christmas break. Many of the students who are already learning in that format have set a good precedent for the rest of their classmates to follow. Between the experience of remote learning from last school year and the ability to prepare for it this time, we are in a very good spot.
Here are some helpful tips for students and parents as we transition:
Follow a Sleep Routine
– I’ve heard plenty of stories from last time about kids staying up until the wee hours of the morning and waking up in the early afternoon. Since we’ll have a schedule and easier access to meet, students will need to awake and alert during normal school hours.
– Students will need to appear on camera for at least a portion of each class period in order for us to be aware that they are actually present. Some kids have seemed resistant to doing that so far, and my guess is that they don’t want to be seen maybe because they’ve just rolled out of bed. Simple things like combing hair, putting contacts in, etc, could help develop a more serious mindset which could lead to a more productive time. Also, students should not be wearing hoods during meetings.
Find a Space That Works
– Some parts of the house may be more conducive to learning than others. I know that many students work out of their bedrooms. That may work for some students, but not all. I’ve heard from some parents that their son or daughter is in his or her room all day long on the computer. That may very well be true, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that work is being completed. We teachers will handle all of the instruction, but we may need parents to make sure that their children are being accountable for their work.
Like I said before, I’m confident this will work well. It really takes everyone to work together to make sure that it does. And if it doesn’t… it’s only eight days anyway! Flexibility also plays a major role in making this work. Let me know ahead of time if there is anything keeping your son or daughter from attending classes or completing work. I apologize in advance if my daughter or my dog cause any interruptions.
Thanks for all of your support throughout the year. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and very happy 2021.
God bless us. Everyone.