July 25, 2021

Sara’s Diary, Day 75 without baseball: Teachers (Bleed Cubbie Blue)

I’ve had a lot of different jobs since college. I’ve worked in politics, public policy and spent seven years as a classroom teacher. I can say unequivocally that the most difficult job I’ve ever done was my first year as a classroom teacher. There is no amount of training or experience that can prepare you for the experience of managing a classroom, breaking down complex concepts for students, and being on top of all the twists and turns that can interrupt a lesson, test, or activity. Across the country as the school year is coming to a close I want to take a second to talk about the extraordinary work that teachers are doing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and why it’s absolutely essential to prioritize education in the coming months.

Part of the reason the first year of teaching is hard is because it’s new. You are still developing the lessons that will work the best, figuring out your procedures, and finding the rhythm of your classroom. There are dozens of curve balls each week: student emergencies to deal with, a desk or marker that went missing over the weekend creating a new wrinkle for Monday morning, or, my personal Achilles heel, technology that never seems…

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