Dear Special Education Teachers,
You don’t hear it enough, so here it is again. Thank you.
This year has been really, really tough. You’re a trouper for making it this far. Even if it feels like you are not making progress, being there for the kids throughout this crazy year is so important. Thank you for all the phone calls, emails, online meetings, packet preparation and more you have done for your kids this year. You’ve come up with a whole new way of teaching on the fly. That’s amazing!
It’s nearly summer. One that I think will be more needed than most, and that’s saying something. Whether you are taking the whole summer off or teaching summer school / ESY in person or remotely, make sure to find some time to recharge your batteries. We are in a marathon, not a sprint.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
This lesson is more true today than ever. Our students aren’t going to remember everything they learn right now. They are going to be distracted by the changes and the fear. But when they connect with you, they feel a little bit more normal. They know they are still cared for.
Take time during this teacher appreciation week to connect remotely with friends and family who make you feel appreciated and cared for. You deserve it.