#49 – Teacher Insights and Reflections: Taking Lessons Learned From Pandemic Teaching Into a New School Year

Unpacking Education July 21, 2021 24 min

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!

Paul Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Rena Clark
Digital Learning Coach
Pamela Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist

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:

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.