There are so many people out there getting it done everyday in conditions that are brand new to all of us. I’ve seen a bunch of stuff floating around the internet that recognizes the efforts of doctors, nurses, law enforcement, fire fighters, and emergency services. And justifiably so. I agree with those sentiments 110 percent.
But I want to take a couple minutes and point out a few other groups of folks who are kicking ass in tough circumstances. I’ll do these here and there over the next few days.
Here we go …
Teachers: Where do I even start with this one? First off, teaching in general is as much about trauma management as it is about teaching reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. Before COVID-19 showed up, teachers were already on the front lines, helping their students negotiate situations rife with addiction, abuse, neglect, and on and on. Add to that the sudden appearance of a new virus with no cure, spreading globally … it’s wild.
Some of it’s easy. Reminding kiddos to wash their hands more. Things like that. Then there’s the tricker stuff like reducing physical contact. One of the biggest motivators a kid can get is an encouraging high-five. As a behavior interventionist, it’s one of the biggest tools in my tool box. To not have it at the ready is tough. There’s also the bigger stuff like students not understanding why life is changing so quickly, or not knowing why they can’t visit Grandma and Grandpa right now, or wondering if it’s true what that one kid on the bus said about eating Chinese food being dangerous.
Also, by the way, please continue to plan lessons and conduct business as usual.
Big ups to the teachers.