‘Enjoy your two weeks off.’ We would all welcome Netflix and a snack day, but I have been working nonstop.’: Teacher says, ‘Here’s the TRUTH about what we teachers are doing’

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“I’ve had so many people reach out and say, ‘Enjoy your two weeks off’ or ‘Don’t binge-watch too much Netflix.’ But here’s the TRUTH about what we teachers are doing.

The last few days have been an absolute whirlwind and a total blur. I can’t tell you how many times my Apple Watch has told me to ‘Breathe’ since Friday.

Courtesy Brittany Hoffler

We are all full of so many questions. ‘How are the kids handling this transition? How do we do this whole virtual learning stuff!?’ I could go on for days!

Since Friday, my fellow teachers and I have been WORKING nonstop trying to come up with a plan for this craziness. I woke up at 7:30 a.m. to three texts from my coworkers in reference to anything from lesson plans to messages for our parents. I’m currently researching how to use YouTube as a potential platform for sharing videos of my teaching partner and I doing lessons. We have a google video chat meeting today at 1:30.

While I’m sure we would all welcome a Netflix and snack day, we are hard at WORK.

Courtesy Brittany Hoffler

The best part is that yes, we are doing this because it’s what is being asked of us…. but in reality, this is what we WANT to be doing. Every one of us LOVES our students. We have been their cheerleaders both inside and outside of the classroom since August and we have celebrated their success with them every step of the way. We have watched them grow both physically and mentally, in knowledge and in independence.

To have come this far and let them down is just not an option.

To all my fellow teachers, hang in there! We’ve got this and if we put our heads together, we can crush this whole virtual learning stuff!

To all the parents out there, know we are missing our time with your kiddos just as much as you are. Your children are the light of our day, believe it or not! We are working hard for your kids and we promise to continue to support and love your kids…. even if that’s only through our computer screens for now.”

Courtesy Brittany Hoffler

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