“It’s the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom”.

We couldn’t agree more, Michael Morpurgo!

The pandemic has changed every aspect of our lives over the past 18 months. Education transformed overnight, posing new challenges for teachers, students, and parents.

Photo source: Alice Tandy

Share Gratitude spoke with Alice Tandy from Alcester Academy, England, and she talked to us about her experience teaching from home. ‘It’s not been easy for both pupils, teachers, and parents. Pupils can’t make friends and ask for help like they used to, and giving feedback to individual students with the lack of face-to-face communication is difficult. It’s also much more challenging to hold the attention of students. It’s challenging work for everyone.’

But Alice also told us, ‘the good thing is that parents are doing their part to help reduce the pressure on teachers and assist in their children’s learning.’

Sure, the children miss the social aspects of school and the playground but having the opportunity to continue their education online through schools and platforms such as Outschool.com has been a blessing.

We are truly grateful to all the teachers who made it possible.

“In this crisis, teachers have shown, as they have done so often, great leadership and innovation in ensuring that #LearningNeverStops, that no student is left behind. Around the world, they have worked individually and collectively to find solutions and create new learning environments for their students to allow education to continue.”

Joint statement from Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization, Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF, David Edwards, General Secretary

This World Teachers’ Day is a perfect opportunity to thank teachers for their hard work and reflect on the fantastic work they do.

Let’s send messages of gratitude to our amazing teachers.