Technology connects us, but it’s not always easy. Ms. Marcia hosts a Zoom meeting with two students and a teacher to talk about hopes and worries for the new school year.
This video was recorded on Zoom with two sixth graders and an adult volunteer from my church serving as puppeteers. It was broadcast on August 16, 2020 as part of our church online worship service. You can view the puppet show in context at http://www.chumc.org.
Marcia: Who can tell us something you’re excited about as you start this new year of school?
Sierra: I hope we get to learn a lot of new things about science. Science is my favorite subject.
Marcia: Learning new things is awesome! I hope you are challenged and inspired and filled with wonder!
Cindy: I’m looking forward to seeing new kids, even if it’s just on Zoom. I mean, I love my family, but seeing other kids will be great!
Mr. Bobby: (Moving mouth, as if talking, but no sound.)
Sierra: Mr. Bobby, we can’t hear you.
Mr. Bobby: (Leans forward really close to camera, still talking, but no sound.)
Cindy: You’re muted! Turn on your microphone!
Mr. Bobby: Oh, sorry. Can you hear me now?
Marcia: Yes, we can hear you. What are you looking forward to this school year?
Mr. Bobby: I’m excited about meeting a whole class of children. I’m a teacher, and I can’t wait to get started inspiring and motivating my class!
Marcia: Starting a new school year can be very exciting! Is there anything about starting school that you wonder or worry about?
Sierra: This will be my first year at my new school. Except I’m not really at my new school, since I’ll be learning from home. I don’t know what to expect.
Marcia: Hmmm. Not knowing what to expect can be really confusing.
Cindy: I wonder if I’ll be able to make friends. I mean, we won’t be hanging out together at lunch or at recess or in the halls after school.
Marcia: Making friends will be different when you can’t be together.
Mr. Bobby: I’m not sure I understand how to use all this technology. This is not what I am used to. I hope I can teach in a new and creative way.
Sierra: I hope I can learn in a new way, too. This is going to be different for all of us.
Cindy: I wonder who will help me figure out what I need to do. I hope my teacher and my family have lots of patience.
Marcia: We will need to remember to be kind with one another as we all learn a new way.
Mr. Bobby: I wonder if I’ll be safe when we do go back to the classroom.
Sierra: I wonder about that, too.
Cindy: I think everyone wonders that.
Marcia: Those are all really important things to wonder about. But I’m reminded of a man in the Bible named Joshua. Joshua was worried about starting something new, but God told him something that is important for us, too.
God said: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (New International Version)
Before we leave our meeting today, let’s pray together.
Sierra: Dear God, at the start of this school year, give us hope and wonder as we learn new things.
Cindy: Help us be patient and kind. Give us confidence and encouragement.
Bobby: Protect and shelter us. And help us remember that you are always with us.