Bookshare thanks and salutes teachers during #TeacherAppreciationWeek and the COVID-19 crisis
Teachers have always been heroes, but in 2020, they reached superhero status. Make that mega-ultra-super-heroes. Every day, teachers are asked to do the near-impossible with limited resources for their students, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, they are being asked to give even more, from a distance, while the sand shifts all around them.
Bookshare extends heartfelt appreciation to the teachers, aides, specialists, librarians, and therapists who serve children every day. You navigate uncharted waters during this pandemic and scramble to find resources and maintain connections with your students, many of whom are anxious and isolated. You have to be magicians, technology experts, counselors, cheerleaders, coaches, and friends in the midst of uncertainty. You work hard to find new and inventive ways to keep students engaged and adjust lesson plans on the fly to “quaranteach” and meet the requirements of online learning. Teachers are truly essential “front liners” whose contribution to our youth has never been more important.
For those of you who support students with disabilities, we offer extra gratitude for your dedication to those who have barriers to reading and learning like dyslexia, blindness, or cerebral palsy. Through resources like Bookshare, you make reading easier by providing over 850,000 ebooks in formats like audio, audio + highlighted text, and braille so that students can read in ways that work for them. You make sure that they do not fall behind their classmates by supplying textbooks and other educational materials in a timely fashion.
Educators do more than just improve students’ academic performance; they instill confidence, increase independence, and encourage self-advocacy. Do you know a teacher who has made a difference in students’ lives? Share a shout out in the blog comments section below or on Bookshare social media.
To all of the teachers, from all of us at Bookshare, thank you for all that you do, day in and day out, for students.