There has been a lot going on in my life since my last post. My husband was hospitalized and spent five days in ICU. (It was very scary, but he’s on the road to recovery now). I missed the entire second to the last week of school prior to winter break.
5 days in a row.
My boss and coworkers were wonderfully supportive. Everyone pitched in to help make sure my classes were “okay”. I had the same sub for those five days so there wasn’t as much disruption as there could have been for my students (yes, this is a rationalization to attempt to alleviate my guilt).
I need about two more days to get caught up on grading and I need to tweak my plans for the first week back in January, but other than that, things should be back to normal soon.
This morning as I’m sitting here sipping ginger-ale and eating saltines (yep, I caught something while my mom was in the hospital (she’s doing better now too)), I started thinking about what happens to students when they have something like this going on in thier lives. They don’t get a substitue. A co-worker can’t write their sub-plans for them.
How many of my students are caring for sick family members and still trying to be students?
Once again, I’m realizing that I need to do a better job of knowing what’s going on in my students’ lives.