We have a rolling start for our students. Y12 and Y13 in on Monday. Y11 on Tuesday, Y9 and Y10 on Wednesday then the whole school from Thursday onwards. It has been so good to see the senior students so far this week.
We have had to set our classrooms up in "exam style". Basically all separate desks with spaces between to ensure the correct social distancing. I wrote a blog post about the seating plans and drawing equipment boxes for the tables.
Here it is in real life in the class. I had to put the tables on a diagonal as they were too close otherwise and I think I am going to have to swing the computer tables round so they are facing each other. Other than that though, it was an ok plan.
As a warm up activity for my students to do so we didn't have to launch straight into our project work, they were all given paper and they got to play with the new drawing packs on the tables and get used to not moving round to get stuff like they are used to in my room.
Instructions (given out in stages with time in between) -
Draw a square, 4 circles, a triangle, a squiggly line coming off from one circle .. etc ...etc...
Some of the instructions were about how they were feeling - draw a face on the cloud to show how you are feeling - colour the cloud to show how you were feeling this morning - put some weather coming from the cloud to show how you feel about tomorrow.
These were interesting as they showed me the mixed feelings they had about coming back and how they are not looking forward to another couple of days of online teaching again till the whole school is back on Thursday.
I possibly am going to have to sew my sleeves into my pockets to keep me from hugging students. It is very hard.