Quarantine

Oh hey, class o’ mine!

I’ve been home so much! Ugh…

I mean, I guess there is no official “stay at home” announcement, but I think self quarantining is a good idea. I would love to see all of you again before next school year (or maybe not at all for my seniors) and so, the best way is to practice social distancing. (I can’t help but think of all the lectures I’ve listened to and probably given about how we need more face-to-face contact. Wellp, can’t give those for a while.)

I figured, today, I’d share some of the things I’ve been doing to keep myself busy. I think the biggest one is setting up online school and grading. Oh my word! So much grading. Look at the image below . . . I need to grade some more later today. (Sorry if your assignments are constantly up to date. I’m trying.) The school stuff takes up a large chunk of my day. But still . . .

The right hand column tells me I need to grade 74 things.

I’ve been trying to keep up with other hobbies of mine. Like . . . Destiny! Me, my brother, and Mrs. Poole have been playing often. Trials of Osiris was luckily released just before I was forced to stay home (it’s pvp (player vs. player) that is super difficult; for those in the know, I haven’t gone flawless).

Sad King Billy is a character from one of my favorite books. Get off my back.

Some sad news. I’m really missing all of you, but I also am unable to meet with my D&D group. So, we’ve been figuring out a way to do D&D online. It may work, but won’t be as fun. So, I’ve still been planing a lot of D&D things while stuck at home.

My group moved to 5e (5th edition) of D&D instead of Pathfinder (which isn’t technically D&D at all).

I’m able to work on a lot of things because I stay up until 1 or 2 each night. Weird. I’ve been working on essays with Mr. Bond and also planning lessons for you all (seriously, I wasn’t a fan of online learning before all of this but now I really don’t like it). I’m currently writing an essay on teaching philosophy within my science fiction class. I’ve missed our discussions in that class and have started watching Star Trek with my kids and talking about the philosophies presented in those episodes.

This episode (s03e02) deals all about communication. Great examples of Logos (logic) and Pathos (emotion).

Finally, seeing as how I’m an English teacher, I’ve been doing a lot of reading. I’m currently reading two books The Pawn of Prophecy (a fantasy book I read in high school and am loving rereading) and The Water Dancer, by one of my favorite authors, Ta-Nehisi Coates. I’ve also been drawing maps for D&D; it is a fantastic and relaxing pass time.

Anyway, I hope you all are doing well! I miss you all and hope you’re being safe and distancing yourselves from large groups. Let me know what you’ve been up to. My intention with this blog is to talk about everything going on, discuss what I’m up to, and also, to create a medium where we can have conversations and talk with each other (through the comments).

Be safe, play nice with the other kids, be good, and eat your vegetables!

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