What you do does not go unseen. Even if it feels like it, it doesn’t go unseen and you don’t go unseen.
The prep, the work, the delivery, the videos, the uploading, the feedback, the video calls, the live lessons, the late nights, the early starts. None of it goes unseen.
The children don’t know how to articulate it, but they see it and they see you. They see you feedback, they see the effort you put in, and their face lights up when they see you on the screen. They see how you care; they see how you work, they see how you help. Even the ones who never say anything in a meeting, who never send any work back – they see it.
The parents see it. Of course they’re frustrated – for many their task is impossible. Their frustration isn’t at you, it’s at the situation. The parents whose best bit of the day is the 15 minutes when their child is on a call with you so they can tick off some jobs – they see it. The parents who are grateful that you are keeping learning going the best you can. They see what you do. The critical worker who doesn’t need to worry about their child while they do their work sees you.
Your household see it. They see the ‘one more thing’ attitude you have. They see the extra mile you go. They see the late nights and early mornings. They see the waking in the night and anxiety. They see the desire to do your best. They support and hold you up. They might not say it, but they see what you do.
Your colleagues see what you do. They empathise and understand. Your leaders see what you do, knowing they never had to teach this way, knowing you’re trying to support children in school and at home using two different methods of delivery and trying to keep yourself safe at the same time.
If you feel anonymous know that people see what you do, respect what you do and will remember what you do. You matter and you are not unseen.
Beautiful, as always. Don’t miss Twitter one bit. But I miss our laughs 🙂
Ah, thanks Jeremy. You might not miss Twitter but it certainly misses you. Hope you’re keeping well and fatherhood is treating you well.
Thank you for putting this out there for us all. We need to read it and remember how much we willingly give to this role and how much it is appreciated and supported, (even though we do know this, those voices aren’t always as loud as the teacher/education bashing ones). The challenge is laid before us and at times seems impossible, but in the words of Maya Angelou ” and still I (we) rise.” For every challenge thrown our way, we adapt, share our expertise and move forward. I am proud to be part of this amazing, life changing resilient profession.
Wow. That makes me feel hugely inspired. Whatever am I thinking of, retiring?!!
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