In May, we asked listeners to share their stories from a year of pandemic teaching. In this episode, we celebrate teachers by sharing your insights and lessons learned.
We hear from Kimberly Boyer, a 7/8 Pre-Algebra and Algebra Teacher at VandenBerge Middle School; Shartresa Nixon, an AVID Elective and AVID Excel Teacher at the United for Success Academy; and Liz Buffington, a Learning Designer at AVID Center. Join us to learn from each of our guests, as they share their challenges and their techniques for sharing the joy in the work, despite the struggles and stress of this past year.
We also say a special goodbye to our host, Pam Beckermann. She has made a choice to live her lessons learned from this year to take time for self-care and focusing on family and friends. We so appreciate the opportunity to learn from Pam, sharing in her journey. We look forward to seeing her soon!
I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
Louisa May Alcott, author
The following are resources available on AVID Open Access to explore this topic in more depth:
- Break Down the Classroom Walls (article collection)
- Create Community and Nurture Connections to Support Social and Emotional Learning (article collection)
- Honor Students and Celebrate Academic Milestones (article collection)
- Caring for Students During Pandemic Learning (podcast episode)
- How to Prioritize Self-Care: Developing Your SEL Toolkit (podcast episode)
- Create Differentiation for Students in Remote Learning (podcast episode)
Exploring Lessons Learned and Celebrating Your Successes
Inspiration comes in many forms. For teachers, we often look to one another for support, empathy, validation, and understanding. This week, we’ll talk about the power of empathy and resilience in the face-to-face, virtual, and hybrid classroom. We are sharing teacher voices to celebrate the important role that you and all teachers play every day in our lives and community.
Tune in to hear how teachers embrace lifelong learning, which is oftentimes messy and involves failures along the way, but it always nurtures growth and builds opportunities. Hear from teachers who discuss how the pandemic has helped them develop deeper relationships with families and how they plan to continue to strengthen these bonds by carrying their new processes forward. We talk about the art of deep listening, how to go slow to go fast to connect as a community, and the power of infusing fun into the learning experience.