If someone said, “I want to make a difference with something I do in my life,” it would be hard to think of something more powerful than teaching. Teachers persevere through countless challenges, often with little acknowledgment or praise. And if there ever was a time to appreciate teachers, it’s now.
The past year and a half has been especially arduous for teachers as they reconfigured their lives to work from home, developed lessons specifically for virtual classrooms they had never experienced, worked to stay connected with students with limited internet access, and came up with new and unique methods of supporting each of their students, who all needed their support more than ever before. They took what seemed impossible – rapidly and radically changing how they do their jobs – and not only accomplished it but were able to help their students through the challenges of the pandemic as well.
Teachers will often be the first ones to criticize themselves, but this year, let’s all try to acknowledge that just getting through it is a huge accomplishment. It’s been a wild ride, but thanks to our teachers, our future is an open book because students can rely on them.