Dear Educators,

Please don’t quit. 

The other night I signed off of a webinar with 60 educators, energized and excited from their interactions and ideas shared throughout the meeting. 

I signed on to Facebook and saw a post that said something along the lines of….”If I have to continue remote teaching next year, I quit.” 

My heart immediately dropped. 

I promise what you are doing right now is not virtual learning, it’s emergency learning. It’s….”you have two days…..pull something together, GO!”, you’re building it as you go.

And you have all done amazing, the behind the scene work that has been put in, the care, effort, and time….I know it’s draining and exhausting…

On top of living through a pandemic…that alone is stress enough. 

You’ve continued to show up and continued to care, you are amazing, and you need a break. 

My hope is that….

… schools begin to wrap up for the year, and everyone takes a breath….new ways of teaching and learning online will emerge for you. That blended learning won’t feel so overwhelming. 

…’ll be provided with support and guidance to make the shifts that will make it easier. 

..educators will lean on each other, if we’re all online already, why can’t we connect with other educators that are going through the same thing? 

….we rethink how subjects are taught, that we incorporate project, passion, and problem based learning

….we give our students opportunities to leverage this new online connectivity in a way that excites and motivates them. 

I know it won’t be an easy task, I know we’ve already asked so much of you….but I promise there is a better way, where you and your students aren’t glued to devices all day.

This is our time to reimagine education….please don’t quit….we need your expertise, we need your creativity, and we need your love for teaching.

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Jennifer Bloomingdale

Jennifer Bloomingdale graduated from the College of St. Rose with a Bachelors in Childhood Education and a Masters in Educational Technology. She is a former classroom teacher who developed a passion for integrating technology and assisting others in doing so. Jennifer has been an eCourse facilitator at Powerful Learning Practice since 2012, where she developed and facilitated courses on using Google Apps for Education and integrating technology. Her work at PLP introduced her to the world of coaching, which has lead to her becoming a certified evocative coach and an instructional coach.

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