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May 14, 2021

A Thank You Letter to Our Teachers

Every year has its challenges. 

But this year, there were 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  
  • 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! 

We know this been one heck of a year. 

Teachers, we celebrate you. 

Thank you.

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