Hardest part of being an educator in Covid times:
The hardest part about being an educator in COVID times is the extra work that teachers are taking on: from ensuring masks are being worn correctly, to disinfecting rooms, to stepping into the counselor role more as students are having a hard time adjusting to COVID life. These very important roles, on top of everything else we do, it is very difficult.
Best part of being an educator in Covid times:
The best part of being an educator during COVID times is that my relationship with students is a lot stronger. We are living a shared experience, and for many of us it has not been positive. By sharing what our lives are like, the struggles, and the positives, we have a much more welcoming classroom environment where it is easier to understand those around us.
Does Canada come into your curriculum or classroom and if so, how?
Canada does come into our curriculum and classroom because we teach that the United States is not an island and could not have become a country without Canadian influence and partnership, from its founding to today. We also learn that Canada and the United States depend on each other, along with Mexico, to preserve North American land and customs.
Do you have a personal connection to Canada?
My mother's side of the family is descended from The Filles du roi, something I just found out within the last year when I was researching my genealogy. Through this research, I also found I am a 10th cousin of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
What’s your favorite kind of professional development opportunity?
My favorite kind of professional development opportunities are ones where I can meet up with other educators and discuss what they are teaching, what is working, what they are having trouble with, and learn from each other. I love large conferences where I can learn a ton of different things that I can use in my classroom. I also love experiential based professional development so I can experience history in the places where it happened.
Thank you Jessica! You sent us down a real Canadian History rabbit hole with the Filles du Roi and we appreciate you sharing what life is like in the classroom these days, we know it isn’t easy, and we are so appreciative of all teachers do.