Hey there! I'm Vivian. Sometimes I write about life and sometimes I write about teaching.

For almost a year now, this has been the view from my working spot. The spot where I sit to plan or Zoom with teachers and kids. Each morning as I start my day, I look out at the sky and appreciate whatever Southern California has to offer. Some mornings it’s clear blue skies. Some mornings, it’s a gray blanket of clouds. Some mornings, like this one, it’s extra beautiful, painted with all the colors of the sunrise and dotted with clouds.

Before COVID, I was commuting or already at a school site at this hour so I didn’t have the opportunity to sit quietly in gratitude at what was outside my window. As schools start to make plans for the return to the school building, I’ve been thinking about how much I’ll miss these moments.

  1. Adrienne says:

    I have been teaching middle school from home since last March as well. I am in Oregon and are beginning hybrid in mid-April. Unlike many teachers, my students have done well remotely, and despite my worries last March, I have grown to love it.

  2. Katie Diez says:

    First of all….that VIEW!!!!!! What a beautiful way to wake up daily!
    I love how you can find the good in what has been a very difficult 12 months. That you are able to slow down and enjoy this instead of rushing to work is truly finding the rainbow in the rain!

  3. arjeha says:

    I think it is safe to say taught one thing this pandemic has taught us is to really appreciate what is all around us. What a beautiful view.

  4. There are some things I hope to remember to make time for and appreciate more once we are fully back at it. I do think I, and many of us, have learned some important lessons about pace, presence, and self-care this year. I love your view and your message. Thank you.

  5. A.Winters says:

    What a wonderful view and a nice way to think about your time at home!

  6. amyilene says:

    In this slice, you have illustrated a beautiful silver lining to all of this. There are some things that will be lost once we emerge from our covid cocoons…

  7. What a lovely view, and yes, I have been having similar thoughts. I’ve come to love my quiet mornings before work, and I love watching my neighborhood out my front window. I appreciate this reminder to think about these moments I’m grateful for.

  8. >I’ve been thinking about how much I’ll miss these moments.<

    My Covid spot was our sunroom. Depending on where I sat, it gave a view of our backyard or the trees on the west side of our house. I had a number of people comment about the awesome view that I had, and while that was nice, it wasn't my classroom. As we started up in August with face-to-face classes, I found I missed that spot dearly. And I miss those quiet times where I could look out and think about lessons or talk with students.

    In our rush to normal, we forgot that we created some awesome spaces. Thank you for that reminder to be reflective. 🙂

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