It’s not just you, the topic of COVID fatigue seems to be everywhere right now (Ries, J. February 5, 2021). And, rightfully so. We are closing in on a year of living through a global pandemic. The adrenaline-pumping newness of it all has well and truly worn off and we are now fully entrenched in the monotony of lockdowns, restrictions, lack of social contact with friends and family, face masks and hand sanitizer, and, for many, additional responsibilities to their workload with COVID safety protocols and cleaning procedures. It’s all downright exhausting.
Teaching is such a mentally and physically demanding profession that transitioning from the classroom to home life can feel downright impossible. We have heard many teachers struggle with feeling like they are present at home in body only. No matter the job or the workload, the inability to coalesce both body and mind into the present can leave anyone with an unhealthy sense of imbalance.
We ask all of our friends and followers to take a moment today to either post in the comments below or post on their own feeds or stories, messages about a teacher that has had a positive impact in their lives. Or, if you are a teacher yourself, share an important moment in your life as a teacher that made all the challenges feel just a little bit less like challenges. Share moments that have “filled your cup” so-to-speak. Please be sure to tag us @thewellteacherCA or use the hashtag #thewellteacher and we will collect all the stories we can and feature them in the featured stories section on our Instagram account. We hope that whenever someone needs to refill their cup, they can come to this space and hear messages of support, encouragement, gratitude, and love.
The profession of K-12 teaching is unlike any other. Teachers are counted on to be community anchoring points and weathervanes of civic morality. They are expected to exude and emulate the best of our current cultural norms and be reliable examples of civility and good manners. They are expected to hold themselves to a moral standard that is beyond the community norm and remain shining examples for the next generation of our community’s youth to follow and exceed. Teachers live their lives with discretion and discernment, always aware of the public’s expectations and the moral obligation the profession requires.