Teaching in a Time of Crisis
The great American poet, Robert Frost once wrote, “There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fills you with so much quail shot that you can’t move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.”
No one could have foreseen the tidal wave of disruption that overwhelmed the world in early 2020. But the ability of so many teachers to adapt to the resultant difficulties and challenges – virtual learning, technological complexities, social distancing, student alienation, staff cuts, salary freezes, etc. – and continue to effectively educate through kindness, patience, inspiration, praise and, above all, through example, is equally overwhelming.
The road has not been easy and the world is forever changed. As schools across Africa and the globe experience the realities of reopening, the health and wellbeing of educators, leaders, co-professionals and, of course, students are paramount.
The willingness of teachers to share their experiences – successes as well as challenges – has created a sense of community and mutual support that is unprecedented. The wealth of online information and resources that everyone is putting out there is wonderful. There exists a newfound energy and unwavering willingness to enable professional communities to collaborate and effectively encourage each other.
In other words, teachers are showing increasing resilience, proactivity and behaviours that will see them, their schools and their students through these challenging times. More now than ever before, teachers are living the truth that continuous learning is not limited to students, but also applies to school leaders, educators as well as parents; never losing sight of the ultimate mission; educating children to become balanced, self-confident, successful and ethical global citizens.
American International School of Lusaka (AISL) acknowledges and applauds all teachers who have faced and embraced this volatile new world and become facilitators of learning rather than simply providers of information. They are – again in the words of Robert Frost – giving their students a little prod, equipping them to take the road less travelled, and thereby making all the difference.
As a member school of the Association of International Schools in Africa, AISL’s staff have access to a wide range of wellbeing resources on the AISA website.
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