I felt very sleepy by the end of my teaching day. It’s only Tuesday, but it is amazing how strong I felt the Friday feeling of weariness. It could be the ongoing pandemic. It could be the gruesome political scenes I see playing out around me. It could be that I just need to sleep more.
I thought my lunch might liven me up, but besides digitally taunting my girlfriend with pictures of my delicious sandwich, not much of consequence happened. Nothing stirred me particularly strongly.
Dismissing students from a digital teaching platform doesn’t have the same power as doing it in person. It is kind of like hanging up on someone on a digital phone. Yeah it’s over, but there isn’t anything dramatic about it. It’s just a click. If their sound is off or they don’t receive any notifications, it is going to be even less exciting.
So after dismissing my students, and reminding them (again) about their homework, I set about creating Today’s Perfect Moment. I sat down and enjoyed a cup of coffee. I made no reflections about my teaching. I made no plans for the next classes I would teach. I just took a moment to do…nothing. How beautifully quiet it was.