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Returning to the Classroom, Covid-19 Style – A Photo Pause

Mixed emotions
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YAY!      Schools will resume teaching “normally” as of tomorrow at full capacity.

OMG!    Schools will resume teaching “normally” as of tomorrow at full capacity.

Note: Full capacity at the high-school where I teach is about 1800 students.

It’s a ROLLER COASTER!     Last-minute decisions,  conflicting and incomplete information – teachers and school administrators can be ready for anything, adapt to whatever is needed at a moment’s notice, right? Isn’t that why educators are one of the most respected professions in the world? Right, huh?

Honey makes the medicine go down…
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I say “YAY” because I’m thrilled to teach the way I was meant to teach – being with the students in the same room! A lesson in which we can all focus on the task at hand,  with all our resources available,  leaving technology to be used when, where, and how we want to use it, only when it serves our purpose.

A FACE-to-FACE lesson where we can smile at the students as they enter class, compliment one, encourage another who seems to need it even though no word was spoken, or even just silently point to the whiteboard where the dates of the national exams are written when they ask for the umpteenth time.

What DO the doctors say?!!  Naomi’s Photos

Smile?

Did I say “smile“?

What about THE MASKS?!!

If it is safe now to have so many students in one place for an entire school day, in close proximity, why isn’t it safe for them to ride on a school bus to school? The students won’t come without transportation and the drivers won’t bring them at half capacity.

Who is actually going to come tomorrow? And the day after? And what about those who don’t? And those students and teachers who really can’t return?

Have medical professionals, epidemiologists, been consulted during the “thoughtful process of planning” the reopening of the school system? The fact that I’m looking for a “rhyme and a reason” may be highly Quixotic of me but knowing that doesn’t help me sleep any better.

Is wearing a mask for a full school day at all feasible?

Thanks to an administrator at school I got a mask with a clear plastic window so my Deaf and hard of hearing students can see my lips. Can I spend a whole day with a piece of plastic over my mouth?

I guess I’m going to find out.

Sunny? It’s going to be “a scorcher”!
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The principal sent a recommendation to spend breaks outdoors as much as possible, so as to avoid crowding in the teacher’s room.  Students should go out as well.

Unfortunately, the first serious heatwave of the year has just begun. It’s a scorcher worse than our usual seasonal ones. The weather forecast for the area of our school tomorrow will be a whopping 40 degrees celsius! 

For once I can foresee the future – the schoolyard will be empty!

 

Visualising School – Photo Pause

A teacher gets “new eyes” with camera in hand!

This week we had a national exam day, so there was a great deal of activity in the corridors in the afternoon hours. Our observers seemed rather bored by it all.  Long days at school are hard on my back so I left my camera at home. This was taken with the camera’s phone…

Spur-winged lapwings
Spur-winged lapwings

 

Remember the trees with the toilet paper tangled in the branches? The kite? The view between the branches of the wooden bench in the rain? All the trees have been seriously cropped!

(Last photo with my camera phone – back still bothering me after exam day…)

out the classroom window
out the classroom window

 

Around here, the phrase “dead of winter” doesn’t apply. Look at the colors one encounters when exiting the school’s main gate!

Right outside the school gate
Right outside the school gate
Outside the school gate
Outside the school gate

 

Then there is the wildlife! This butterfly absolutely begged to have its picture taken – it waited till I was ready!

The butterfly who waited patiently for the slowest photographer ever...
The butterfly who waited patiently for the slowest photographer ever…

These cattle egrets also decided to be extremely patient with me – sometimes I get lucky!

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Note: This is an educator’s blog, so only school related pictured are posted here. To see what this teacher comes up with when pounding the pavement of her hometown, see here:

Pounding The Pavement in Kiryat-Ono

Visualising School – Photo Pause

A teacher gets “new eyes” with camera in hand!

On Fridays, at noon, students disappear from the school yard in record time. That’s when the animals take over.

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Naomi’s photos

 

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Naomi’s photos

 

Yes, I know you have seen this bench before. But not only is it a new version, this IS the view from my classroom whenever it rains…

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Naomi’s photos

 

How do curved shapes create straight shadows?

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Naomi’s Photos

 

Note: This is an educator’s blog, so only school related pictured are posted here. To see what this teacher comes up with when pounding the pavement of her hometown, see here:

Pounding The Pavement in Kiryat-Ono

Visualising School – Photo Pause

A teacher gets “new eyes” with camera in hand!

No rain to clear up that huge sandstorm we got – just the endless dripping of the air-conditioners.

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Naomi’s Photos

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Should we read anything into the fact that teacher’s chair is facing away from the others?

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Naomi’s photos

 

I guess someone’s Mary Poppins themed lesson didn’t work out too well – that’s one kite that isn’t going “…up where the air is right”…

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Naomi’s Photos

 

Two lanes in the hallways. Reminds me of that old lovely book about teaching in New York “Up the Down Staircase”!

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Naomi’s Photos

There are actually some really nice pictures with inspirational quotes along the hallways, but you can’t see them from this angle.

Note: This is an educator’s blog, so only school related pictured are posted here. To see what this teacher comes up with when pounding the pavement of her hometown, see here:

Pounding The Pavement in Kiryat-Ono

Visualising School – A Photo Pause

A teacher gets “new eyes” with camera in hand!

Annual Sports Day for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

YAY! (Naomi's Photos)
YAY!
(Naomi’s Photos)

 

Memorial Day

We are all connected (Naomi's Photos)
We are all connected
(Naomi’s Photos)

 

Learn Geometry on the School Walls

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Naomi’s Photos

 

Note: This is an educator’s blog, so only school related pictured are posted here. To see what this teacher comes up with when pounding the pavement of her hometown, see here:

Pounding The Pavement in Kiryat-Ono

Visualising School – A Photo Pause

A teacher gets “new eyes” with camera in hand!

Unexpected visitor enters class this morning!

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Naomi’s photos
Naomi's Photos
Naomi’s Photos

 

New rec. area for students (or new yard-duty area for the teachers, depending on your point of view).

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Naomi’s Photos

 

In which direction did you order your lines?

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Naomi’s Photos

Spring is here!

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Naomi’s Photos

 

Note: This is an educator’s blog, so only school related pictured are posted here. To see what this teacher comes up with when pounding the pavement of her hometown, see here:

Pounding The Pavement in Kiryat-Ono

The End of A Teacher’s 365-Day-Journey-in-Place

Locking the 365 Project (Naomi's Photos)
Locking the 365 Project
(Naomi’s Photos)

Today is day number 365.

Day number 365 of taking a picture every single day.

Full disclosure: there were four days of the 365 in which my “pic-of-the-day” was not taken that same day. Two days were Memorial Days (Holocaust and Veterans) and I saved suitable pics that could be posted on such days. The other two were days that I had had such good photo days the day before that I succumbed to temptation and used one of them.

When you must take a photo every single day you learn to look. Take a good look. Especially when your project is about travelling-in-place. My challenge was to find something interesting in the places I have spent most of my time in for the last TWENTY SEVEN years, the high-school where I teach and the streets of my hometown, Kiryat-Ono.

I park by the school in the morning - and there's a Cattle Egret! (Naomi's  Photos)
I park by the school in the morning – and there’s a Cattle Egret! (Naomi’s Photos)

It turns out you don’t have to travel to see something new. I never imagined when I began that I would find so much to look at! I had no idea whether I could find something interesting every day for an entire year, and now, 365 days later, I have every intention of continuing to take pictures, right here, where I live and work.  There are colors and lines, interesting plants and unusual shadows, funny reflections, and an ongoing battle for coexistance between nature and the human inhabitants. Oh! And some very odd things left by people on the sidewalk…

Did the romantic picnic end in a break-up? (Naomi's photos)
Did the romantic picnic end in a break-up? (Naomi’s photos)

But it will be O.K if the pictures posted were not taken on the day they were posted. The project in that sense has ended.

My school pictures will continue to be posted here, on this blog, under the category “Visualising School – A Photo Pause”.

My pictures of my hometown will continue to be posted on my page – Pounding the Pavement in Kiryat-Ono

Many thanks to the 365 Project site and community, which taught me that you don’t have to travel in order to embark on a journey!

Visualising School – A Photo Pause

A teacher gets “new eyes” with camera in hand!

Combine wind and rain –   what do you get?

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Naomi’s Photos

 

Add some sun and get rain-pearls!

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Naomi’s photos

 

Checkers, anyone?

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Naomi’s Photos

 

It pays to look carefully when exiting the school – there may be a butterfly patiently waiting for you!

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Naomi’s photos

 

Mud and roses in the school corridor, after the 11th grade  fund-raiser…

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Naomi’s photos

 

Note: This is an educator’s blog, so only school related pictured are posted here. To see what this teacher comes up with when pounding the pavement of her hometown, see here:

Pounding The Pavement in Kiryat-Ono

Visualising School – A Photo Pause

A teacher gets “new eyes” with camera in hand!

The moment before...  as in “before it gets crushed under a stampede of students going home for the day”!

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Naomi’s photos

 

This chair seems to be ashamed of being sent out of class!

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Naomi’s photos

 

It’s a good idea to glance down before dashing into school on a windy morning – look what I parked next to!

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Naomi’s photos

 

Pecking order in the front courtyard

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Naomi’s photos

 

Note: This is an educator’s blog, so only school related pictured are posted here. To see what this teacher comes up with when pounding the pavement of her hometown, see here:

Pounding The Pavement in Kiryat-Ono