Author: Dawn Mitchell
I know that during this time of remote learning, you have been working diligently to meet the needs of your students, both academically and social/emotionally. You have poured your heart and mind into creating assignments that work remotely, providing support to students through conference calls, phone calls, videos, and even letters in the mail.
This week I wanted to provide you with encouragement and support for taking care of you. I work in Spartanburg School District Six where our motto is, “Children Are Always First.” We know that for students to be first, we have to also take time to care for ourselves. Part of this self-care involves taking time to care for your own mental health and well-being. Our district created a video about caring for your mental health during this time of uncertainty. In this video, many of our school counselors and psychologists share helpful tips for adults and children. While it is posted on Facebook and Twitter, I also want to share the link with you.
Valerie Arroyo, an English teacher at Dorman High School Freshman Campus who also serves as an experienced mentor in our district, shared the quote below with me this weekend and it resonated with me. I want to share it with you in hopes that it will provide you with some encouragement.
I know that this time is difficult for our students and for us, but also know how very hard you are trying to teach well during this time. Your work is vital, and it is appreciated!
South Carolina ASCD President