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Five Minute Friday

I’m taking a few minutes out of my day (let’s call this my lunch break) to join the Five Minute Friday linkup.

The rules are this (somewhat paraphrased from the site): Each week a one-word writing prompt is shared, and anyone who is interested may freewrite for five minutes flat – no overthinking, no editing . . . just write!

This week’s FMF writing prompt is: NOW

So, now is the word of the day, eh?

Well, right now, I am sitting at a blue card table surrounded by papers, folders, and a notebook.

Right now, I’m dressed in sweat pants, a sort-of-matching Auburn shirt (War Eagle!), and a red plaid robe (because it was a chilly 55 degrees when I got up this morning).

My to-do list is a mile long. Teaching online has added exponentially to my already-hectic profession.

So, for right now, I’m doing my best to focus on the tasks that matter the most – connecting with students and parents to ensure that they understand class expectations and can get online to fulfill them.

I am usually a big picture kind of gal, but I’m finding that looking at the big picture is a bit overwhelming.

I’m trying desperately to focus in on the smaller things I can do – tasks that give me small victories throughout what has become a line of frenetic days.

For this overachieving gal, it’s a tough lesson but one that will prove beneficial for days to come.

4 Responses

  1. Your FMF link is actually to last week’s post.

    Go Auburn! This is just for you.

    That big picture’s now a beast,
    something fit to fight King Kong,
    something maybe needs a priest
    or the Auburn fighting song.
    But take heart, and don’t you falter
    for War Eagles never cry;
    they examine, cheat and alter,
    and by guile they will get by!
    Someday when this time is through,
    you’ll stand tall among your peers,
    and as all good teachers do,
    you will tell down through the years
    of the mad and noble days
    when you walked to school uphill, both ways.

  2. Thank you for providing the essential service of teaching! I can only imagine how important it is to celebrate those small victories these days rather than focusing on the big picture. Truth is, the big picture is so out of focus these days that we just need to live in the NOW and take care of each other and ourselves.

  3. Yep… we are totally in a place of focus on NOW – things are changing hourly it seems. We keep getting local news updates & the numbers that just change & rules that change & things closed … really keeping everyone in the moment

  4. My hats off to you – and all the teachers – who have added online and virtual teaching/connecting to your routines!! I agree, the big picture can be daunting.

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