Letters to the Editor

What lesson plan do you use for a pandemic?

I don’t like haunted houses so I have chosen never to go to one. I think the main reason I stay away from them is because I don’t know what is waiting for me in the dark. I am a planner. I am a teacher. I plan for the school year, the month, each unit, every week, each day and every lesson. I am a special-education teacher so I make an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for each of my students. I plan. I have discussions with my colleagues, refer to research-based curriculum and consult parents so I can make the best decisions for my students. During last spring and throughout the summer, I met with other teachers, listened to webinars, read articles and participated in trainings, but I still don’t know how to plan for school in a pandemic. Our administrators have tried to help, but this is all new for them as well. How do we plan? Over the last several weeks, discussions and learning have kicked into high gear, but I still don’t know how to plan. In almost every meeting, we say that our current situation is like flying a plane while building it while the blueprints are changing constantly. Is this the best way to operate our schools? Is this doing the best we can for our students? I don’t think so. Figuratively, our schools are haunted, and I don’t think we should go in until we have a better plan.

Jennifer Miller

Cedar Rapids

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