#72 – Unwrapping SEL and Self-Care for the Holidays

Unpacking Education December 29, 2021 12 min

Happy Holidays from Tech Talk For Teachers and AVID Open Access! We wish you a joyous and fulfilling holiday season. We hope you are able to take some time away from school and work to rest, recharge, and engage in some well-deserved self-care. In this last episode in our Host Choice series for the holidays, Paul Beckermann shares his favorite holiday dad jokes and celebrates the contributions of one of our special guests from this year, Cherie Spencer, Social and Emotional Learning Coordinator in Galveston, Texas. Join us for fun and reflection, where laughter, song, and warm camaraderie take center stage.

Thank you for joining teachers around the world who have helped Tech Talk for Teachers reach nearly 190,000 downloads. We appreciate all you do!

Paul Beckermann
PreK–12 Digital Learning Specialist
Rena Clark
STEM Facilitator and Digital Learning Specialist
Dr. Winston Benjamin
Social Studies and English Language Arts Facilitator
Paul Beckermann Holiday Season Head Shot

Teachers Are Our Heroes

You’ve known COVID and quarantine for a long time
Posting your homework and meeting online
But do you recall
The ones who made the most of it all

Teachers in every classroom
Help students overcome and grow
When they’re learning and when they’re hurting
Teachers always seem to know
How to give some thoughtful insight
And help them make it feel alright
Yes, educators are our heroes
We’re thankful for them every night

‘Cause on one scary Friday night
The whole world seemed to change
COVID-19 stay inside
We’ll teach from home; we’ll win this fight

And teachers have been amazing
So give them praise and give them grace
Teachers are real-life heroes
And we’re thankful for you every day

– Paul Beckermann, Host of Tech Talk For Teachers, Lyrics to Teachers Are Our Heroes

Prioritizing Social and Emotional Learning to Support Students and Teachers

Teachers are sharing that they are May-and-June tired as we enter into the holiday season. This year has been so unique and different. We want you to know… We see you. We hear you. We know what you are experiencing.

You are valiantly supporting students as they relearn the key skills that they need for future success. In this episode, join Paul and the team as they revisit our Social and Emotional Learning series (Episodes 32–37) with special guest, Cherie Spencer.

Tune in for Paul’s special tribute jingle to celebrate all that you do for students!