Teacher’s Perspective on Returning Back to School

Melissa Hickey

Since we’re supposed to go back to school soon, I figured I’d ask some teachers how they felt about it. I asked them how they feel about going back, if they think it’s safe and prepared, and if education and life will be different. The first teacher Mrs. Foster is nervous about going back. She states, “Since it would most likely be a hybrid learning schedule, I’m worried about providing instruction to students in person and students online at the same time.” She said her students made it clear that they want to go back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes for us to have a successful semester. The second teacher Mr. Crim doesn’t want to go back because he thinks February is too soon. He thinks we need more preparation. He believes that “It’s not as simple as elementary school kids who stay in the same class all day.” He would prefer a test run in April or May to better prepare for next year. Mrs. Foster also thinks that it’s too soon to know if it’ll be safe to go back in February. Although, She trusts the administrative office for a safe return. Mr. Crim doesn’t think it’s 100% safe either. He says, “Schools are cesspools for germs, honestly.” Lastly, Mrs. Foster said school will absolutely feel different, and that it’ll feel different for a long time. Both teachers are also saying that hopefully we all appreciate and understand the importance of social interaction and human connection. Mrs. Foster left us with “I hope there will be more discussion, interaction, and collaboration than before we left even. Students and teachers alike have all come to realize how important social interaction is for learning, and I think this understanding will change the school environment once we’re all together again”, while Mr. Crim left us with “… I believe this will lead to helicopter-teaching. Meaning, we’ll be monitoring everything students do in an effort to ensure safety. I guess” and “I am also hopeful that this will lead to more relevant school curriculums, more of a focus on building relationships, community, and teaching our students about the importance of mindfulness.”