The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the entire world, including the public education system. Many high school students know the struggles of online school because we’ve all been through it, but we rarely ever consider that online schooling is equally as hard for teachers. Ranging from technological issues to not being able to see their students, teachers have received the short end of the stick for the past year or so, and we should recognize all of the hard work that they’ve put into making their students’ lives easier during this time.
We all know that teachers must have a degree in teaching to be hired. That’s obvious. They spend four years of their lives in college so that they can become certified to teach their own class. They also have to earn continuing education credits to keep their certification and many have earned their Masters degrees. When the coronavirus struck our country, teachers had to virtually re-learn how to teach in a matter of weeks. When we had to switch to remote learning, the teachers had to begin teaching with different software, different technology, digital grading… all while never having contact with their students. When students were permitted to come back to school, only some chose to. This made it even more challenging for our teachers because they were basically teaching two classes at once. To say the least, it was hard for them.
Remote learning was, without a doubt, one of the hardest years of school for everyone. But, our teachers made the best of it. They adjusted to the new way of teaching rather quickly, allowing our students to have a much easier time while enduring the hardships on remote learning.