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In praise of teachers

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Furret Mon 07-Sep-20 23:06:50

Too often I’m seeing this profession knocked by those who don’t understand the demands of the job in ‘normal’ times, never mind during a pandemic.

So when I read this on FB I thought it says so much. This is to all my teacher friends and to those teaching my grandchildren.

“To my child's teacher,
If you need my kid to sit on the floor while you figure out numbers, and flexible seating and seating plans- that’s ok.
If my kid has to wear one pair of shoes to school all day- that’s cool- I do the same thing all day long, they can too while you figure out how to manage high traffic areas and teach the kids the importance of social distancing- Groovy!
If you need me to supply you with a bottle of wine, or vodka, or coolers every Friday so you can go home and destress and cry about your highly emotional and stressful week- I got you... name your poison.
If you need me to search high and low for every available container for Lysol wipes so you can spend your unassigned time after school wiping down every surface in your classroom- Done! I will keep my eyes peeled!!!
If my kid has to wear a mask so he can sit with you and read a story- which is his favorite activity on the planet, or sit beside a friend and work in their journal or on an art project- no worries! I will make sure they understand the rules for mask wearing at school.
What I won’t do:
1- Berate you on social media
2- Undermine you and your profession at every turn
3- Buy into the hysteric and irrational things I read online that have not been fact checked
4- Fear monger others
Why?
Because I know that, at the end of the day, you don’t have any control over the decisions that are made by higher ups, and you are just doing your job.
I know that you are a mother too, and you will treat my child as your own.
I know you are killing yourself putting in a ridiculous amount of hours on your own time to make your classroom a safe and welcoming place.
And I know in your heart of hearts you are doing everything in your power to make my child feel loved and successful in the school year.
You have been tasked with a seemingly insurmountable task of keeping kids safe and happy and engaged during a GLOBAL PANDEMIC- and regardless of how I personally feel about Covid and masks and shoes and seating plans and all the craziness this new school year will bring... know I have your back!
I got you, and all my teacher friends and support staff- you are valued and you are worthy... and I see you!”

MawB2 Mon 07-Sep-20 23:10:28

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Chewbacca Mon 07-Sep-20 23:14:25

Hear hear Furret! A vastly over criticised and under rated job imo. Doesn't matter what they do, they get criticised by one faction or another. My SENCO friend works long into the night and most of the weekend for the benefit of her pupils and still gets complaints from parents, pupils, governors etc who demand more.

Marydoll Tue 08-Sep-20 00:18:20

Thank you Furret!

It's so easy to crticise teachers and we often see it on GN. I had to retire early on I'll health, from my teaching job, as trying to do my own and a covering a number of others into the bargain, nearly finished me off.
Of course there are lazy, uncommitted teachers, but I like to think they are in the minority.

Furret Tue 08-Sep-20 07:56:40

My young grandson is already in love with his new teacher.

Galaxy Tue 08-Sep-20 07:57:52

My childs teachers were amazing during lockdown, I cant begin to describe how much support

Galaxy Tue 08-Sep-20 07:58:24

and work grin they gave him!

LullyDully Tue 08-Sep-20 08:14:18

There may be a few " rogue " teachers out there but I met very few of over 40 years. Most teachers care and work very hard at what is a creative, people friendly job. Good luck to them all at this very testing time.

Urmstongran Tue 08-Sep-20 08:14:44

Our 8y old went back to school yesterday and he was so excited he rang us at teatime to tell us all about it!
😊

The 3y old starts nursery at the same school next Monday. She had a Zoom meeting sat next to mummy to say hello to her nursery teacher and they discussed which are her favourite toys.
😍

Their mummy works full time (busy girl) and is Key Stage 1 Lead. She’s been teaching for 14 years and says these last few months have been super challenging but she’s glad the schools are open again. Well done that woman.
❤️