When E.T. visited Earth for the first time, he was fascinated by the Los Angeles city lights—so much so that he missed his ride home. Little did he know what an adventure he was embarking on, with magical, yet mundane terrestrial experiences like opening an umbrella, watching John Wayne, and reading Buck Rogers for the first time.
For many teachers and students, we’re guessing that coming back to the classroom after the COVID-19 shutdowns will feel a little bit like E.T. exploring our planet. These (mostly) friendly aliens are here to guide you through the strange-yet-familiar experience of attending school in person once more.
Remembering the Rigor of Your Morning Routine
Having to be presentable from more than waist-up? What strange customs these people have!
Tackling the Commute
Cars? Buses? I thought you just had to wait for your laptop to boot up to get to class!
Walking into the Teacher’s Lounge
Ah, yes. This terrain will do nicely for a temporary oasis.
Seeing Your Classroom Again
So. Many. Anchor Chart. Possibilities.
Seeing Students in a Non-Digital Format
Three-dimensional children who can give high-fives and can’t turn off their webcams? You could get used to this.
Putting On the “Teacher Show”
The young beings seem to respond to displays of energy and enthusiasm. Who are you to deny them?
Separating Chatty Students
You almost forgot what it felt like to combat excessive socialization.
Conducting Science Experiments
At-home labs can’t compare with blowing things up in class together.
Eating School Lunch Once More (Did You Miss It?)
The commissary here seems to favor carbs of the burger and pizza variety.
Giving the Teacher Look of Disapproval
Sure, your students could see it over Zoom, but now they will feel the weight of your displeasure.
Coming Home After the First Day Back
Oh yeah. That’s why you’re so exhausted at the end of each day.