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.
Teaching Channel and Learners Edge