I am a mom. And I love my son more than anything in this world. I love spending time with him. I however, am not a teacher. Due to covid I decided I didn’t want to risk my child or my family by sending my son to school. it is my belief that you cant keep children from touching each other, especially at 5, they want to touch and experience each other and their teachers. So school from home was our best option.
Teachers are working so hard, I have several friends that are teachers and work at schools and could feel their stress and anxiety about this school year. I never blinked about having the ability to help my son complete his kindergarten classes online.
His teacher is a rock star! She made a classroom that was interactive and is very spirited and attentive with all the students in his class. But, in an online platform they only get a short amount of time to interact with their teachers. Not to mention I am also a full time student, and often my zoom classes overlap with his zoom classes.
I also have a very spirited child that challenges me often, so when I am trying to get him to complete things his teacher has assigned there are lots of arguments and tears on both sides.
Teaching is not something I have ever wanted from my life, I am a person with very little patience, especially because I know my sons potential and I can tell when he isn’t applying himself, or is putting on a show. But when he is with people other than me he acts like a perfect angel. I am sure this is an experience a lot of parents deal with.
I decided to do what I could to make our lives a little easier. I dropped two of my classes so I could help my son get through his. And even with this sacrifice it was difficult to get us through to the Winter break.
Moral of the story… Teachers are the true heroes in this pandemic. Most of them were not given an option to work from home. Regardless of their fear or preferences they are at the mercy of their school districts. This is a serious problem for some of them, since some districts wanted to pretend that the pandemic didn’t exist.
This semester has been one of the most difficult that I have been through since starting college. And I just wanted to give a huge kudos for those teachers out-there working 80 hours a week and agonizing over the success of their students. You are the best! And if you aren’t a teacher, make sure you congratulate a teacher on being a hero this year.