With states having “stay at home” orders, I’ve rediscovered things that give me comfort when I feel a bit overwhelmed and tired of “zoom-ing” all day. I listen to audiobooks–ones that have nothing to do with what I’m teaching. My local library has an excellent audiobook collection, so I’m taking advantage of the time. I also binge watch TV shows that I’ve heard about. Schitt’s Creek is hilarious! Do check it out! I share this little note with all of you to say that it is OK to step away from school work. Spend time laughing with your family. Call your friends. Binge TV shows. Listen to audiobooks! You still have to find a balance as much as you can.
Shanetia P. Clark, PhD, is an associate professor of literacy in the Department of Early and Elementary Education at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. Her research interests include children’s and young adult literature, the exploration of aesthetic experiences within reading and writing classrooms, and writing pedagogy. She teaches courses in elementary and middle level literacy methods.