I would definitely consider myself a renaissance woman by today’s standards. I share a lot of my health, wellness, fitness, food, and family life interests on this platform, but one thing I haven’t really shared yet is my expertise as an educator.
Those who know me know that I’ve spent a large portion of my professional career as a teacher and librarian which just seems to effortlessly reinforce my love for learning and sharing. Until now, I haven’t really been vocal about my love of teaching… even on my social media platforms. I guess the main reason why is because blogging is my outlet! It’s the one place where I can indulge in the interests I have outside of a classroom, my happy place to get away from it all and educate from a place of my other interests, wellness and networking.
However, I’m finding myself with yet another new normal. With parents and educators stressed out over the brunt of pandemic protocols, it is evident that academic gaps are widening and student success is waning.
Here’s the landscape of what’s happening in the education arena. Over the course of a few short months, most districts have transitioned into 1:1 campuses, a Chromebook or iPad in the hands of every student. Training for teachers has been revamped to meet the demands of a new virtual environment, and many parents are homeschooling their kiddos primarily in the incredibly complex world of academia. To say that this has been a smooth transition is an understatement. Teachers are stressed. Parents are stressed, and student minds are hanging in the balance.
In addition, with students approaching the end of the first semester of school, teachers and parents are not only seeing that the struggle is real, but the struggle feels insurmountable. Don’t get me wrong, many parents are doing their best to provide the much needed support students need. But they are providing that support among record setbacks in the timeline of curriculum standards.
The thought of even one child not being able to master grade level content in light of this is disheartening to me because unlike parents who see the face of just their child, I have had the honor of seeing hundreds of kids over the years and their faces are forever implanted on my heart and mind. And now that I have a kiddo of my own, my passion to see children be successful has done nothing but burst forth even more like the unbridled sea.
I don’t think anyone would argue with me that our children deserve the absolute best when it comes to their education. But sadly, the truth is that many students will not be receiving the quality education they deserve without direct intervention at this point. And the kids who are struggling the most need help from those who have dedicated themselves to advocating student academic needs by providing the tools needed for kids to be successful.
In light of realizing this last year, I decided to become part of the solution by offering a free prep course for parents dedicated to helping students gear up for back to school in August. The response I received was overwhelmingly positive! I was able to service so many kids and provide parents with tips and tricks they could use while educating kiddos at home. It was a great starting point to helping families of the community at large. And I’m committing to doing even more! That’s why I took the initiative of starting The Teacher’s Lounge: Resource Vault. This Facebook group is dedicated to helping families access helpful resources and activities needed for student success in this new learning environment.
If you or someone you know is having a hard time finding grade-level curricula or lesson ideas that are super engaging and free to access, then accessing this amazing free vault is just what you need to get you going in the right direction. We’re in it to win it. Let’s do it together!