Given these challenges, it is a difficult time for educators to speak up for what is right and good, the kind of education that serves all children well.
It's a time when keeping the objectives clear is essential. What is the objective of your teaching/learning day, each day?
As I think carefully about that, I identify the following points:
- A solid plan for teaching children well. A plan that includes a loose-tight yearly scope and sequence, unit roll-outs, weekly, and daily plans. "Loose-tight" so that you're ready to cover all the essential content, and you also leave room for students' needs and interests.
- A caring, kind, academic demeanor that welcomes children into the learning environment each and every day.
- A students-first mindset with all activities, efforts, advocacy, and professional learning.
- Professional learning that informs your work and effort in ways that benefit children.
Though challenging, a focus on right objectives is the path to success in teaching.