In 2017 I wrote a blog about my wife starting her 18th year of teaching in a new school system and the struggles of building new relationships and learning new procedures and processes. Here we are three years later, and my wife, teachers, and caregivers everywhere are facing challenges like never before. I have heard teachers say they feel like they are having to completely relearn what they do. Through all of this, I have observed that the thing that has helped my wife cope with this new situation the most seems to be the relationships she has developed with her coworkers over the past 3 years.
In the Mandt System workshops, we talk about resilience which is the ability to continue to function in one’s life, job, etc. when adverse circumstances arise using the resources that are available to us. Different people have different abilities to cope when negative events occur but one significant factor that affects a person’s ability to be resilient is the relationships and support networks in their lives. It is in moments like these when stress is high that we need to be able to lean on each other as we navigate the current situation.
The following closing is from my previous blog and is as relevant now as it was then.
So to all the teachers out there. Many of you are under appreciated and under compensated, yet you keep working to teach our children and keep them safe. Thank you! Remember when you start to feel overwhelmed, take a step back and affirm how you feel and choose how to respond in the best way you can. Find the people you can rely on to support you. By doing this, you will be creating safer environments for your students, coworkers, and yourselves. Have a great school year!
Doug ZehrVogt, Mandt System Faculty