Teachers Are Heroes


I have so much respect for our teachers. We all remember those special teachers at school who we connected with. They inspired us, listened to us, showed us another way and encouraged our passions. Teachers are the biggest supporters, advocates and role models for our children and I do not know what I would do without them.


Teachers Are Heroes


I cannot begin to imagine how tough trying to teach during Coronavirus must be. It is hard enough for me at home and I kind of have nothing better to do and only have three students to deal with.


So many challenges have been thrown at our teachers during this time including having to work from home, not being able to teach in their traditional classroom environment, having to juggle working and looking after their own kids / relatives, worrying about their health and their vulnerable (and not so vulnerable) students, being told they do not need PPE in situations where social distancing is impossible, supporting schools if they are staying open and providing emergency care for the children of key workers and those who require extra support, being responsible for ensuring vulnerable students who need extra support are receiving it, still being expected to have daily contact with their students / set work, preparing for the future of education, working through Easter and May Half Term, being told they may be returning to work and back to classroom teaching in a few weeks with little guidance, dealing with lots of school admin that we don't see....and that is just the surface.

Teachers are a special breed of people. They don't teach for the money or the school holidays ( if you know a teacher, you will know how much they actually work in the holidays). Teachers are some of the most selfless and hardworking people I know.

Our teachers don't just educate our children and teach English and Maths, they make our children laugh, encourage creativity, build up their confidence, improve their self esteem, enable our children to learn independently, model healthy relationships and behaviour, listen to our children's worries and help with their problems, facilitate friendships, teach life skills, protect our children, help to show them a wider world, nurture their quirks.......

When I sit in a parent-teacher evening and listen to teachers talk about my children, it makes my heart sing when you know they truly know, understand and get your child in a way that not many people do. The bonds they form year after year are incredible.

The amount of hours teachers work actually blows my mind. It is way beyond 9am - 3pm. Many (especially newly qualified or those with extra responsibilities) spend their evenings and weekends away from their family lesson planning and marking. I bet if you average the amount of hours some teachers work across the year with their pay, they will barely hit minimum wage (if they do at all).

Over the past few years, school budgets have seen cutback after cutback and our teachers have worked hard to provide our children with a fantastic education regardless. Many schools are under-resourced and teachers do not have the tools they need but they still carry on regardless and do a brilliant job at that.

I know it is different with your own children but these past few weeks have given me a little insight into what teachers go through. Their get up and go to motivate and inspire children five days a week is like some kind of superpower to me.

I am in a privileged position as I personally think our school is outstanding. Heidi and Jack attend a small Primary School and I see them more as an extended family. We have had daily contact with our teachers as well as a (socially distanced) visit from our headteacher and phonecalls from class teachers. During this period, they have set grids of work from which we can choose from and set creative competitions but there has never been any pressure to join in with everything. They say the best thing we can do is enjoy family time and continue to read which is a message I am 100% on board with. The balance of providing work if we need it, daily contact and no pressure has been perfect for us. Our teachers have really read the mood.

In the classroom, learning is very different now from when we were at school. It is much less about textbooks and endless worksheets and much more about learning through experience. I would never expect our teachers to provide worksheets at home if they barely use them in the classroom.

I am still on the fence about what will happen in June when it is planned that more children will start to return to school. I am waiting to see what our school plans are, what the infection rates are like then plus of course, I want to see how Heidi and Jack feel (at the moment they both say they want to go back).

What I do know is that our teachers will have the best interests of our children at the heart of everything they do. Teachers are selfless not selfish and I cannot believe the latter word has been used by some to describe them recently. 

I imagine they are working incredibly hard right now to ensure schools are as safe and welcoming to our children as possible with probably not much guidance or support. Imagine the pressure they are going through right now! As well as overhauling how life in school will function, they still have to re-write lesson plans, provide for those students who are staying at home, support their colleagues as well as dealing with how a global pandemic has affected their personal and home life.

I would not want to be a teacher right now. It feels like the whole country is watching to see what their next move is. The pressure they are feeling must be insane. I know, as always, they will do the very best for our children and I will support whatever they decide.

If you know a teacher - please check in on them and see how they are doing. If you are a teacher - thank you for everything you do. Especially so now in very tricky circumstances.
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  1. Teachers really are amazing people and I have realised this even more since the schools and colleges shut. They all deserve a pay rise!
    It sounds like the learning is going well. My youngest girls school is the same. There is work set every week but you can pick and choose what is done and they encourage things like fun science experiments, baking and spending time in the garden which is a great approach. x

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  2. Please dont forget there is more to a school than just teachers , think of the site staff who open up , clean up after ill children and make sure teh place is safe for them, the support staff who deal wit hall the emotional well being of your children , the it staff who are frantically running around keeping everything working so your children can be taught at home usng email video feeds etc, the admin and office staff who are still working to keep people on free school meals fed or manage phone calls home to reassure people that we are still there for them the cleaners who now more than ever are in the thick of it . All these groups get a lot less financially than the teachers and are often missed when thee praise is handed out , but without any one of these groups the teachers could not do there job, it really is a team effort . please dont forget them too!

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    1. This post is specifically for teachers but of course I appreciate the support staff too (sometimes I feel like I can't win - it's impossible to mention everyone). You might be interested to read a post which proceeded this one about forgotten key workers and says thanks to admin staff who have been working through this: https://www.northeastfamilyfun.co.uk/2020/04/thank-you-to-forgotten-key-workers.html

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