I walked into my children’s school to meet the teachers, and after five months of quarantine and agonizing over the decision of whether to return to school in person, withdraw our kids and homeschool or opt for virtual learning.
When we arrived at the school, I was pleasantly surprised and quite frankly thankful for all of the efforts the school went through to ensure safety protocols were in place—making a good case for re-opening schools safely.
In-Person or Virtual Learning
There are so many debates and confusion around whether kids should return to school in person or virtually. Although, virtual learning has played an important role for my kids during this pandemic, but it is not a substitute for in-person learning.
So much pressure has been placed on school administrators and staff to meet the various needs of students, parents, CDC guidelines, etc. There are numerous conversations about what teachers should do and shouldn’t do; what school administrators should do and shouldn’t do. I quite frankly believe that we need to take a breathe and give everyone involved some grace.
Pre-Pandemic school administrators and teachers had the enormous task of ensuring the safety of our kids; leading the efforts of educating our kids; managing a school’s budget, ensuring that students had the right textbooks; enough supplies to meet the needs of every student under their care, etc.
I know teachers who spent their money to purchase supplies for their classroom; I have had teachers spend extra time with my kids outside of school hours to provide additional help to students.
Empathy for Teachers
Teachers are human, and like the rest of us will make mistakes. School administrators will make decisions that some people will love and others will dislike.
During the transition to remote learning, our school had one week to prepare for the shift. It was incredibly challenging, but we all pulled through it. None of which would have been possible without the enormous support, assistance, and hard work from the school administrators, the teachers, and the school counselor.
Applause for Teachers and Administrators
First, I think we should applaud the efforts and hard work of everyone on a school administration and teaching staff. They work incredibly hard and to the best of their ability to appease parents, school boards, kids, funders, etc. Applaud them for
- School administrators enormous effort over school operation and Student Success
- Teaching your kids to read
- Wearing many hats; teacher, nurse, caregiver, hugger, counselor, etc.
- Putting up with overbearing and overzealous parents
- Their passion and humility
- Showing up and teaching, whether virtually or in-person
- The many adventures they take our children on
While we all navigate the challenges presented by the year 2020, we, parents, grandparents, caregivers, humanity should give grace to the administrators and teachers. We entrust them to care for our kids without our supervision. We should give grace to them because they are also navigating the challenges presented by the current global climate. They also have families and personal challenges, but yet they show up for our children.
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What a beautiful post … sharing views that stir empathy and offer grace to others is greatly needed at this time. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you for reading.
Love this post! So important for everyone to remember that everyone is doing the best they can and trying to make good decisions! There will definitely be bumps in the road so empathy will be so important.
This is an important topic and reminder for everyone. As my kids prepare for another year of high school this is all so uncertain and can be frustrating but we are all in this together!
Tracy @ Cleland Clan
As a teacher, I thank you for this post. We read so many, many negative comments on posts and news articles–usually about things that are beyond our control like mask requirements and distance learning. Teachers don’t make the rules, but we have to enforce and follow them. We do want to go back–however, like most people, we want it to be as safe as it can be for both our students and our staff members.
I am a teacher myself and it feels very good to read your post and feel the appreciation. Times are hard and as you said we are all human and prone to mistakes, we are not superheroes, although sometimes we might feel like we are. We do everything out of love for kids and our profession. Thank you for your post, I am very happy I read it.