To the LEARN Virtual School Staff: Teachers and Administrators
Re: Appreciation Week
As most of you know, I am rarely at a loss for words regardless of the situation, and fortunately for me, you are all polite enough not to make too many comments about my verbosity. However, when it comes to Appreciation Week, I cannot restrain myself even a little bit. I have so much to say about our team and what exceptional pedagogues you all are, and I want everyone to know! Day in, and day out, you are exemplars in the world of education, and not just in the virtual setting. In fact, I don’t talk much anymore about online or brick and mortar. I refer to sound pedagogy, to devotion and commitment to student-centred learning, to the development of skills and the acquisition of knowledge that will serve the interests of students. The LEARN team is exceptional in this regard and that is a shame. This team should be the norm and not simply a beacon for excellence in education, but in the real world we have to concede that not all bring the same brilliance and passion to the classroom on such a regular basis.
Most importantly, the LEARN team is composed of educators who really care and believe that they can make a difference in the lives of their students. And you have made a difference and continue to do so. It is with profound and sincere appreciation, that I send out to you my warmest regards and thanks. I am, and LEARN is, indebted to you all for your continuous contribution.
“[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
― Jim Henson, It’s Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider