The school year – and therefore, our first foray into distance learning – is coming to a close for many of us teachers. Some of us have a few days left of the school year and some of us don’t mark the end of the year until late June. Although many of us don’t yet know if our distance learning journey will continue into next school year, it’s important to reflect on how far we’ve come with distance learning. No matter what distance learning has looked like for you, it’s been a learning experience.
Distance Learning – We’ve Learned So Much as Educators
Through distance learning, we have learned to be resilient. We were in classrooms with our kids one day and then we had to switch everything we ever did the next – with little to no materials, preparation, or precedence.
Teachers have had to learn technology and platforms to teach our students. Many of us had never even recorded ourselves before distance learning. Some of us had never used an online platform. Many of us had never created a Google slide. Lots of teachers have gone from being tech novices to pros within just a few weeks.
We have had to teach families as well as our students and then rely on our students’ families (thank you!) to guide our kids when we aren’t there. This process built up so much anxiety for teachers. These students are ours! We’ve nurtured them, trained them, and loved them since they walked into our classrooms at the start of the school year. We have been their teachers and now our roles as educators have completely changed. This is a rough adjustment for everyone involved!
Learning How to Balance It All
Teachers, like so many others, have had to learn balance! We’ve had to learn how to not let teaching from home consume us. And we’ve had to learn how to balance teaching at home and being there for our own families at home.
Teachers have learned self-love – this one is a biggie! We’ve had to learn to put ourselves first at times. This is a new concept for most of us and one that may in all honesty be the hardest to accomplish.
Many of us teachers have felt invisible during this distance learning journey. But please remember – we see you! We see the veteran teachers! We see the newbies! You don’t need to have a Pinterest-worthy distance learning workspace to be a great teacher. You show up EVERY DAY for your kids and they are the only ones you should worry about.
So, as this school year ends, reflect on it. Take the time to learn from it. Grow from it! You’ve always been an amazing teacher, but what you’ve done these past few weeks and months is truly incredible.
Read more teacher tips for distance learning:
- Teacher Tips for Distance Learning: Week 1
- Teacher Tips for Distance Learning: Week 2
- Teacher Tips for Distance Learning: Week 3
- Teacher Tips for Distance Learning: Week 4
- Teacher Tips for Distance Learning: Week 5
- Teacher Tips for Distance Learning: Week 6
- Teacher Tips for Distance Learning: Week 7
By Cindy Price
Cindy Price is a veteran teacher of 26 years. She has taught kindergarten for 19 years and first grade for seven years. She was born and raised in Massachusetts, but has taught in Florida, Georgia, and now Delaware.