Teaching has changed. It went sideways, upside down, inside out and every imaginable way but, right side up. Some teachers are retiring early due to constraints on their programs. Some are leaving their hard worked for profession. Stressed out, overworked, overwhelmed and grossly underpaid. The same theme is filtering in from various states.
Liz in FL shared – “Challenging: Teachers are known for and required to be flexible. This year has redefined the word. Learning to design web pages. Painful/Difficult: As strictly an eLearning teacher for most of the year, I grieved not being with my students. I love to teach, but I love my students more.”
Caroline in N. Carolina says – “The most difficult part about the past year was not being able to see/interact with the kids in person. As an elementary art teacher we taught our students online and often had over 60 kids (we taught whole grade levels at a time) in our zoom meeting at once. With so many kids at one time and only 40min blocks, it was difficult to have many meaningful conversations with them or see their thought process as they made their artwork. This was always the most important and fun part of teaching for me.”
Ava in KY writes, “For me, the hardest part was the media continuing to say that we need to re-open schools. While every day at my school we came to work. We called, we emailed and we messaged parents and students daily. We delivered work to their front door and picked it up! I watched my husband/teacher work tirelessly to educate his students via zoom and phone calls for more than 12 hours daily. We were open. We were there to help and in so many many ways. I hope this past year really opens a lot of parents eyes about what teachers and staff at schools really do. We do it because we care.”
A teacher from GA states she witnessed: 1) Some students lack of effort. 2) Absences – a sharp rise in parents taking advantage of adjusted policy for vacation and expecting consideration for makeup work. First semester I literally came home every day took about a two hour break to be mom and then spent about 2-3 hours working on lessons to put on Canvas and answering emails. I was so stressed out. I have learned to keep work separate from family and within confines of school hours.
As a parent who has come along side your child’s education in a new and challenging way, hopefully you realize the difficult year 2020-2021 has been for educators. Certainly, you have felt discouraged and challenged for your own children. Can you imaging having 25 or more to teach? High School teachers see over 100 different students. Now more than ever we need to reach out and encourage our educators with encouraging words, and actions. Stand along side them in any and all ways that you can. This year’s teacher appreciation week is May 2-8. Reach out and let them know you appreciate them.
As a former teacher, I can tell you even the smallest word of appreciation is so appreciated. If I can be of any assistance in helping you encourage your child’s teacher, I am here to help. Gail’s Personalized Gifts has a variety of items to select from appropriate for teachers. Let your child make them feel special and appreciated. Feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.