Toll on Teachers

The month of November is proving to be the inevitable second wave that the country has been anticipating since the summer. As the actual disease is spreading rapidly the consequences of its existence expand far past the front lines. The pandemic has taken a toll on every American in some type of way. It has ripped apart our reality and we are surviving in the rubble. Educators have faced the brunt of this disease in more ways than others. There is an obvious desire to be in the classroom with students that is combated by prioritizing the health and safety of their students and themselves. Education is an incredibly powerful part of our society and our educators are right in the middle of this storm.

Educators’ safety is put at risk far more than most students simply because of their age. It is well documented that COVID-19 has a far worse impact on those in a higher age bracket. The students’ safety is obviously the priority for many, but the teachers are the ones who we are truly protecting. Everyone deserves to be safe in their working environment and that remains true here. Schools can be a mess of germs and children. It is well known in your first year in schools often the teachers get far sicker than any other year, sickness spreads fast in schools under normal circumstances. It is simply easy to fall ill in school buildings and while masks help tremendously there is only so much protection offered, especially when the cases outside of the classroom are growing so tremendously.

Beyond the obvious safety concerns, there are also many other aspects of the pandemic in which educators are struggling. The curriculum is another huge part of a teacher’s job, it is their entire world in the classroom; the blueprint that keeps the ship going. Teachers have worked incredibly hard on their specific curriculum and when these unprecedented changes hit there is just no way to truly prepare. As schools around the country are returning to remote, some far more rapidly than others, these changes are still hitting educators hard. Even with every preparation, they may have made there is no way to prepare in the manner needed to have whatever type of success in their classroom.

Safety and education are the top priority for most teachers, especially right now, but there is another layer surrounding educators’ enjoyment and emotional well-being. This remote learning takes away a lot of the true joys of teaching. Even when safety is the top priority, it is still okay to acknowledge just how difficult this has been and just how much it has changed education as a whole. The entire profession has flipped and there is no telling when it and if it will return to normal. This hits especially hard for teachers that have been in this profession for years. Everything they have achieved has been on a different platform and to have to drastically change everything you have ever known late in your career can take a toll on anyone. There is a definite sense of hopelessness within this realm of teachers. Our educator’s worlds have shifted along with our own and it has been truly difficult for most.

These teachers are the staples of our country, they are shaping the youth that will go on to live in the wreckage of this pandemic. They have been doing their best in whatever way they can and suffering because of it. The stress is heavy and the teachers have been bearing it for months. As schools are shutting down again across the country, planned or unplanned it is extremely difficult to make this drastic transition. This is not why they became teachers. The loss of connection and livelihood of the classroom is truly that, a loss. It is impossible to quantify the impact it has had or will have on these teachers. While their roles may be shifting their importance is does not. Make sure and thank your educators today and every day.

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