Thursday, May 14, 2020

My huge lack of focus

You may have noticed my posts are kind of sparse and rambling--I have a huge lack of focus these days. I know this isn't unusual in these times, but I really miss being focused. I think this is due to a few things. I'm pulled in so many directions each day--where I used to have maybe two solid hours of students visiting my offie two days a week, I now have constant requests to meet, meetings to schedule, connections to make, questions to answer, meetings to zoom into that are only being held because people who aren't teaching this term need something to do, just. so. much.

I also have a hard time turning things off, especially on Wednesdays which is my intense day.

And to show how unfocused I am: I started this post with a specific goal of addressing something but now I cannot figure out what.

Oh I remember now. The other reason is worry over what will happen to education in the future. Obviously I have no crystal ball, but what makes most sense to me is that two categories of schools will survive: private schools with large endowments, and large state schools. We have seven state schools in Oregon, and my guess is that at the end of the day three will survive. I think we'll also see a sea change for undergrads to do most of their first two years at community colleges, taking many if not all of their classes online, and then move to universities for the last two years. It could be that college dorms can be used for the influx of community college students.

But we'll see. I guess in my case I'll be out of here before it all shakes out but I think this is really the end of the current system of higher education.

I do have some pretty knitting:

It's Hope and Breathe, by Casapinka.


Kym said...

Knitting something called "Hope and Breathe" sounds perfect for These Days. :-)

I think so many things in our world are going to change drastically - and probably forever - post-Pandemic. It's quite overwhelming to think about, and I imagine especially so when you are in the midst of the change. I do think it will be interesting to see how things really do shake out . . . eventually.

Sending you the good juju. XO

KSD said...

"Hope and Breathe" --- new life motto.

rosy said...

There will be massive changes here. I think. I hope. Although we are heading into the biggest recession we have ever seen and that will be a hard for many people.
No-one is sure what will happen with schools over here. We are now allowed a little more leeway and there is talk that younger children (4 - 7 year olds) will go back to school first ~ if their parents are happy with this. Many people believe that it should be those children (10, 15 and 17) who will have major tests/exams next year who should return first. Instruction and advice from the PM last Sunday was wishy-washy to say the least. Its a difficult situation and they (the Government) are doing their best but as far as I can see not taking advice from health advisers. I think that if we reduce the lock-down there will be a second spike. All rather grim and we will just have to wait and see.
Looking for a good book? 'A Tale for the Time Being' is excellent. Read the title. Then read it again when you get into the book. :)

Delighted Hands said...

I'm sorry. It's the 'not knowing' that really adds a feeling of dread and anxiety. The shawl is a good one for now. Take care.

Tired Teacher 2 said...

I think you’re correct that higher education is going to change drastically, especially in the next five years. Love your shawl.

kathy b said...

I think , Kim, you are just more aware of being scattered. WE seem to be thinking and thinking and thinking these days! I LOVE your shawl.
Im glad you are getting to the end of your career teaching . Good timing. Who knew?