3. Reflect on what your ultimate goals are for your students.
Although choosing one ultimate goal for your students can be complicated, I know my goal is not perfect standardized test scores or exceeding every expectation on state and national standards. My ultimate goal is for my students to have a deep love and appreciation for everything that happened in the past, so we can make changes in the present and create an even better future.
4. Don’t be scared of having challenging conversations.
In today’s world, it is really important to have challenging conversations, and it’s our responsibility to provide a safe place for students to speak their minds and share their feelings. As teachers, we need to be completely open, honest, and loving and create a positive learning environment to be able to touch upon sensitive subjects. When you are loving and accepting, our students reciprocate those feelings and actions.
5. One thing we have learned from being apart is how much we enjoyed being together.
I think I speak for everyone when I say that this has been the most interesting, most challenging school year of our lives. Through all of the changes and challenges, we have learned to appreciate how much we enjoy connecting with each other and spending time together. So, I don’t think students will be dragging their feet back to school because they will be excited to see their friends in whatever capacity.
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