It seems as though everything is happening with “distance” some how involved these days: friends, family, students, colleagues, apartments, learning, resources, etc., etc. I am far from physically being in China or at ISB right now, but with students and colleagues there, I often loose track of just what day it is and have trouble going to bed at a reasonable time since I have spent a good deal of my day on Beijing time.
I have been attempting to make as much lemonade as I can out of the Covid-19 lemon, and one way I have done so is to reach out to yet another colleague. The Korean version of a test is very close to being completed, but the previous individuals who were working on it hit a wall. They suggested that another set of eyes would be beneficial as the grammatical and language structures required by the English version were quite advanced.
As the physical school is closed, I have been able to let the newest translator have pretty much as much time as she needs to look at it, revise previously completed work, and ask as many questions as she has, as there is no real deadline to get this done since it can only be utilized with students in the same physical space. We have even talked that if the school does not re-open this school year, then the “due date” becomes August.
I am hopeful that we all come together as a community soon but in the meantime, I am enjoying the lemonade and connections I have been able to make–even across oceans.