“The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.” – Unknown
Stumbling blocks or stepping stones? What times we are living in now, with such a large distance between us and our students. In our presentations, we ask teachers WHY they went into this profession, and we receive answers like:
- The light bulb moments when a student works through something challenging
- I had a teacher who made a difference in my life so I wanted to be that teacher for a student
- I just love kids
- Their hugs, smiles, laughter…
And all of those things are what we find IN classrooms all around the world! When we can be IN classrooms we don’t forget our WHY.
But things are very different right now. This is not anything anyone could have predicted. Teachers are DOING things they never thought would be necessary So while we cant’ SEE you in your classrooms, and we didn’t see your stumbling blocks. Let me remind you of your stepping stones!
We see teachers who are taking in-town road trips to parade by the homes of their students, just so that they can wave and yell and remind them they are dearly loved and missed.
We see teachers attending online staff meetings to ensure that they are up-to-date on what is happening in their schools and districts.
We see teachers embracing new and daunting technologies so that they can connect with their kids virtually.
We see teachers who are embracing online PD so that they can continue learning and growing during this time.
We see teachers who are creating videos with their co-workers, stepping out of their comfort zones, to dance and cheer and sing, ON VIDEO for the sole purpose of bringing joy to a child.
We see teachers balancing home life, and work, and teaching their own children too.
We see teachers who are emotionally drained, yet still smiling for those kids who need them.
We see you…doing what you do best. And you inspire us.
Truly! Everything you are doing, each little effort you are making, makes us so proud to be just a small part of the education field, working alongside all of you! You offer hope to students, to families, and to our community during these times.
Elie Weisel said, “Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.” If you know any of his story, he truly understands hope in tough times.
So, how can we offer hope? How can we provide hope to our students and their families? From one human being to another? Since we cannot offer our usual hugs and high fives, we have had to get creative in our attempts to stay connected. You are asking and answering that question each and every day.
Here’s a little way that Leach Literacy Training would like to celebrate some of you who are doing just that…going above and beyond to stay connected to those sweet kids in your class.
Maybe you’re writing postcards!
Maybe you have daily Zoom meeting where you let them just ramble, show off their pet, run around giving you motion sickness showing you their house!
Maybe you’ve done a driving-wave parade!
Maybe you created your own YouTube video to share with all of your students!
You all are the most creative, and I know there are more ideas out there. So, we would like to celebrate some of you!
How are you maintaining relationships with your students, giving them hope, during these difficult times?
Share your response in the comments section of this blog post, and four people will be selected to win a set of postcards AND a $25 Amazon gift card.
THANK YOU for everything you are doing. You are beyond incredible, and we cannot say often enough that teachers are some of the hardest working people on the planet.
I cannot wait to hear about all that you’re doing for your students and their hearts!
Comment! Comment! Comment! Share a picture if you have one? We are creating stepping stones!