To close out my blog posts for the school year, I interviewed eight public school teachers and librarians. They asked to remain anonymous, but here is a summary of their teaching assignments this year:
I knew it was a tough year, possibly made tougher by the fact that we all hoped it couldn’t get worse than 2021. I asked the teachers to reflect on their experiences, hopes, growth, and struggles. I’ll let their unedited responses speak for themselves. My hope is that you see yourself reflected in their stories and know that you are not alone. Your struggles were felt by teachers everywhere. Here’s to the end of the 2021/2022 school year!
What are three words you would use to describe the 2021/2022 school year?
What was your biggest challenge during the 2021/2022 school year?
What was your biggest surprise about the 2021/2022 school year?
How could your administration and/or community support you better in the upcoming school year?
How did you grow during the 2021/2022 as a professional and/or a person?
Please share a success story, positive anecdote, or encouragement about the 2021/2022 school year.
I am continually in awe of these professionals. I am very grateful for these eight teachers who took time to respond to my questions and reflect on their experiences over the past year. While the themes throughout the responses included exhaustion, frustration, and stress, I also saw hope and a passion for kids that doesn’t depend on circumstances.
We’d love to hear your thoughts about the 2021/2022 school year. What resonates with you from these responses? What would you have added? We here at STEM Education Works wish you smooth sailing through these last few weeks and a very restful summer.