Be Kind –
Be kind, be kind, be kind. This has been the refrain on social media since the onset of the current pandemic.
Everyone has probably come across the following (paraphrased) by now:
Some people don’t agree with the suggested reopening of schools… that’s ok.
Some people are still planning to stay at home… that’s ok.
Some are still scared of getting the virus and a second wave happening… that’s ok.
Some are sighing with relief to go back to work… that’s ok.
The point is, everyone has different viewpoints/feelings and circumstances and that’s ok.
We each have a different story.
But be kind.
Don’t judge fellow humans because you’re not in their story.
We all are in different financial, emotional and mental states than we were months ago.
So remember… be kind.
Everyone’s reality is different. It has always been so. In current uncertain times it is even more so.
Everyone deals with the pandemic and the fears and uncertainty around it differently. We are all different – some are wired in such a way that they can tolerate more uncertainty than others.
As a teacher – and role model – now is the time more than ever to continue to foster an environment in your classroom that is filled with love and kindness.
As schools reopen for different grades at different times teachers play a critical role in welcoming learners back into the class and helping them to adapt to new and/or remodelled approaches to teaching. Keeping learners engrossed will help to ensure that they are concentrating on the work covered in the classroom.
Also refer to the following TAS blog article Tips for Teachers Returning to School after Lockdown.
It helps to remember that you need to Be Kind to yourself as well in order to keep up with the current demands teachers are facing:
- Check in and connect with other teachers to find out how they are handling things and what they are doing to remain upbeat and focused
- Determine what is important as far as your work load is concerned (be flexible) and focus on this; do not forget that current circumstances have forced changes in the way you are working
- Listen to feedback from colleagues and learners in your class and act on it where necessary
For a reminder of just how important and valued your job as an educator is watch a series of free documentaries called ‘Most Dangerous Ways to School’ online. It is totally humbling to see how learners from places like Bolivia, Colombia, Nepal, the Himalayas, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea climb up mountainous paths (some without shoes), swim or canoe across rivers, row across lakes or walk for days through snow to get to school. All to get an education. From educators just like you.
As a teacher you are shaping the future of tomorrow.
And remember: it’s cool to be kind!