Our small island in the Caribbean was hit by two hurricanes this season, one of them being a category 5. For the past two months most of the island has been without power and water. Our school has been operating since October 9th but under poor conditions. It was greatly impacted and we’ve just recently had power restored 100%. During that time the teaching staff has been working but it’s been an uphill battle. We’re a school that has been dependent on technology for almost everything for the past 10 years or more! Our community took a hit when we were stripped of that technology which kept everyone informed of all that went on in our school. The teachers could no longer use the electronic platforms. The office staff could not work to their full capacity. It was a blow to our system which has left us reeling from the aftershock.
As an educator, I’ve had to adjust to the “new” school by going back to some of the “old ways” of teaching and keeping records. This has meant more paper work and less electronics. It has meant redesigning some of the courses. Academic activities have been changed. Perhaps that’s been a good thing because we’ve learned to focus on important aspects of teaching. It’s made some us think outside the box.
This course of events has made me realize that we can adapt and adjust to circumstances beyond our control. We can go on, no matter what happens. It’s also been a lesson that has taught us to plan for unforeseen events such as these. Will we come ahead? I certainly hope so! Only time will tell. In the meantime, let’s stick with the basics. ~~LMM