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An ABC Thank You Letter to Our Teachers

January 20, 2022 / by Susanne Leslie

Originally Posted on LearnersEdge.com by Susanne Leslie on May 14, 2021, and Revised on Jan. 19, 2022, for Teaching Channel use. 

Every year has its challenges. 

But over these pandemic years, there have been more.

In true teacher form, we are using the A, B, Cs to recognize you for… 

Adjusting and modifying lesson plans for distance learning 

Being a teacher, a coach, and mentor to students 

Continuing to teach during a global pandemic 

Delivering materials to students who did not have computers or devices 

Ensuring your own children are learning as you teach others  

Fighting for equitable and inclusive educational policies 

Globalizing learning to showcase the richness and beauty of diversity 

Heightening understanding of best practices when teaching students with special needs or students with disabilities 

Implementing technology to teach, connect, and assess student learning 

Joining colleagues in supporting one another during this unprecedented time  

Keeping anti-racism classroom practices in the center of teaching and learning 

Learning technology and distance learning best practices (and listening, listening, listening!)

Modeling conflict resolution skills  

Narrating books, slides, and videos so students can hear the encouragement, warmth and support of your voice 

Offering to tutor, guide, and assist students who are struggling with schoolwork or other challenges 

Prepping and preparing purposeful pedagogy! 

Quantifying data for use with students, families, and educational practices  

Reaching out to families using email, phone calls, and mailed letters  

Sharing your life experiences and stories with students 

Teaching from a distance to keep students and staff safe  

Understanding when to celebrate!  

Visiting different parts of the world using virtual field trips and books that capture students’ imaginations 

Working long hours to create opportunities for interaction with students  

X All of the “X-TRAS” you do each day! 

Your belief in giving students the best of you 

Z The ZEST for life you bring to both the face-to-face and virtual classroom! 

Teachers, we celebrate you. 

Thank you, 

Teaching Channel and Learners Edge

Topics: Motivation

Susanne Leslie

Written by Susanne Leslie

Susanne Leslie, is a Professional Learning Specialist with Learners Edge. Prior to joining the Edge, Susanne worked as a parent educator in Minnesota's Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program providing researched best practices for parents and families of 0-5 year olds. Susanne is the proud parent of two daughters.

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