(Written on March 10, 2020) On Tuesday with the developments of the Coronavirus, Adam and I had a brief discussion of “what ifs.” Neither of us were too worried about the situation in Poland as the confirmed cases were still low. And if worse comes to worst the solution for us is easy: if schools get closed down, we go online. Two days ago this situation seemed to be very “what if,” and if it did happen, it would happen after things got out of control. Yesterday, soon after arriving at work, Adam gave me the news that all public schools in Poland are to be closed for two weeks. I got a crash course on how to run an online class as I had never done it before. My online experience is limited to a few Skype calls and they were not smooth sailing. Technology is not my friend. But my first online class seemed to be fine, albeit awkward.
Classes with children and large adult classes are going online as a precaution for us and for them. Also, small groups and individuals currently have online classes. The situation is still changing drastically day to day so we must be flexible.
Coming into work today felt very strange knowing that I would only be meeting one student face to face, and even now, I’m not entirely sure if that class will go forward. Knowing this, getting ready this morning, the thought did cross my mind, that maybe I wouldn’t even need to get dressed today. I only need a nice-ish shirt and I’m good to go. Sweatpants all the way. We have talked about potentially not coming into the school, as we could work from home now. But, for me personally with all the chaos, the routine of getting ready and going to work may save my sanity. While working at home does sound attractive on one hand, on the other self imposed “quarantine” would probably make me go stir crazy.
My name is Madison. I am from Alberta, Canada. I like to read books, go hiking and explore new cities. Even though I am Canadian, I don't watch hockey and I don't like snow. I graduated from The University of Lethbridge in 2018 after studying English Literature and Art History for six years. I have travelled to the Mexican state, Nayarit and to Tokyo, Japan. I hope to travel all over the world.