“One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” – Carl Jung
As teacher appreciation week draws to an end, please take a minute to reflect on your impact in the lives of our CAVA students. As virtual educators we face unique challenges in trying to reach our students. We don’t get to see the look of satisfaction in their eyes when a difficult concept is suddenly made clear on a daily basis, but we do get smiley face emoticons and exuberant bursts of “I get it!” in the chat box. This week our desks aren’t overflowing with tokens of appreciation like those of our brick and mortar colleagues, but we have thoughtful e-mails, texts and Facebook posts from our Learning Coaches and students thanking us for our support.
Being a teacher is never an easy job and in times like these when we are overwhelmed with administrative tasks and morale is low it is even more arduous. But we must continue to provide our students with the warmth they need to grow, and we will, because we are teachers, and that’s what we do.