The past weeks that have now turned into months have been insane. We are confined to our homes, going to the grocery store feels like a life or death mission, we have to spend “quality time” with our family and friends via zoom or Face Time. Life as we know has changed or has been put on pause. However, life does go on and so does our children’s education. For all of us that are not teachers, I think we got hit with a big dose of reality when we were put in charge of homeschooling. Even though we are not teaching, we are trying, and that on some days it is exhausting.
To the teachers -THANK YOU!! Thank you for following up with zoom calls during this time to make sure our kids understand lessons. Thank you for caring and your time while still being confined to your computers during the day teaching our children. Thank you for putting your responsibilities on hold during this time to focus on our kids. Thank you for planning the days before they even start. Thank you to all the hardworking and passionate teachers that truly care and teach our children during the day and all year round-Thank you!
This week I would like to thank one special teacher-My mom, Jo-Ann Pollack. She has been a New York City Public School teacher for the last 26 years. She currently teaches a second grade ICT class (ICT=40 % Special Ed/60% General Ed) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. When I asked how has this crazy time affected her as a teacher she told me she just truly misses her kids. In the beginning she would go on Google Meets with her students. They would ask the kids, “What do they miss?” They shared they missed the fun lessons and seeing their classmates and teachers. “There is a big void not being able to physically go to the classroom and have contact with students”. My mother has set up “Fun Fridays” with students on Google Meets. The children show their pets, siblings and share exciting news. They also play a game where a question is given and they will hold either A, B, or C for the correct answer. My mother loves to stay connected with her students while giving them something to look forward to every week and structure. Her priority is to give her students “normalcy” during this time.
It takes a big heart to shape little minds. To all the teachers- you do not just teach but you inspire. Looking back I guess I was your first student. You always have guided me, praised, challenged, listened ,encouraged and cared for me. Thank you mom for being my teacher! Any student of yours is fortunate to have you. I know you truly care and have seen you go above and beyond. I am proud of you! Thank you! Love you.
May is Melanoma Awareness Month- My mother is a Two time survivor!!!!