Reading everyone’s #ARMMEWITH statements has helped me recharge and feel motivated upon returning from break. One thing that I’ve really appreciated is every single statement I’ve read, there is no blame placed on the students or their families. My students are often the ones that stereo-typically burn teachers out. They make us question our teaching skills and exhaust our strategies. We just can’t help them, we aren’t equipped too.
I see more than ever that as a community of teachers, our hearts are equipped too, but we have to fight a gigantic list of every day barriers. I don’t know how general education teachers have the capacity to get everything done they are expected to do. I have read so many inspiring statements from teachers asking for social-emotional resources and the time to teach it. I’m sitting here, my last night in Italy, scrambling to put this post together… because I know of a couple resources that might help get the social-emotional ball rolling.