May 5, 2020
Good afternoon colleagues,
It is Teacher Appreciation Week and there is no limit to the praise you deserve during this difficult time. For National Day of the Teacher, I want to take a moment to say three things:
We see you
Teachers take on so much and ask for so little. During this global pandemic, you have risen to the occasion. You have single handedly flipped your classrooms with little or no training and are making the best of an unprecedented situation. You are doing it all as you juggle family and personal responsibilities. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, and no matter the outcome, you push forward as only a teacher could.
They won’t forget you
If you ask any famous athlete or singer who their favorite teacher is, it’s likely that they already have them in mind. Life is hard and it’s easy to doubt yourself, but our favorite educators know just when to lift us up and remind us of our potential. You see your students’ greatness before they do and that deserves respect. Even in absence, your students won’t forget you. They may not remember the Zoom lesson or the assignment you gave, but they will remember the connection you made with them during this time.
Knowledge is power
Our greatest tool is knowledge and teachers are the purveyors of it. Teaching is an age-old profession. There’s a need to keep this legacy of continued knowledge going so that we may learn and grow from it. While “school” is certainly looking different these days, consider this. You are making history. As CTA President Toby Boyd said, “Learning has not been lost, it just looks different.” Teachers are making that happen. YOU are making that happen.
Happy National Day of the Teacher.