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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! [Letters to You, from Prodigy]

Maria Kampen

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Dear teachers, 


Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Here at Prodigy, we wanted to share with you how grateful we are for your continued work and support. 

For many of you, the spread of COVID-19 has turned your jobs upside-down. Instead of teaching students in the classroom, you’ve transitioned to online learning — in many cases, for the first time in your careers. 

Never before has more been asked of you, and we’re in awe of how you’ve all stepped up to the challenge!

We’ve all heard stories of teachers going above and beyond to support their students during this crazy time, whether that’s setting up video lessons, getting creative with your assignments or even driving around town to hand-deliver homework and resources to your students. 

Without the passion and dedication of teachers like you, Prodigy wouldn’t be where (or what) it is today. You’ve shared Prodigy with your colleagues, given us valuable feedback and -- most of all -- helped your students discover a love of learning. 

We can’t thank you enough. But, maybe these thank-you letters from teachers at Prodigy make your Teacher Appreciation Week a bit more special.

Dear Educators, Change and adaptation are two concepts that you do not fear. On a daily basis you adapt to the changing environment and needs of your students, all the while keeping your students’ best interest at heart. This is no different now as you navigate through this new territory of distance learning. Through education we would like students to become life-long learners outside of the classroom. You are not only demonstrating the importance of this, but being their role models during this transition. The circumstances today, and challenges that arise are different from those that you have encountered before, but as always you are persevering! Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do. Thank you for supporting and fostering your students’ learning through providing continued lessons, activities, feedback, videos and more. Thank you for ensuring that your students’ social and emotional needs are met, and doing all that you can to help them navigate through this change. This time can be overwhelming, so please remember to take time for yourselves and your families, your health is as important as everyone else’s. Your hard work is greatly appreciated and is not going unnoticed, you are all doing an incredible job! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!!! Sincerely, Liana, Education Content Creator Lead and proud supporter of you!
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Dear teacher, What an interesting year it has been! Although the current events could have never been predicted, we know that teaching always has an element of unpredictability to it. The current circumstance presents many new challenges, but nonetheless adapting practice to best support learning is nothing new by any means! Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and compassion during this time -- and always! It is challenging not to see students each day and to alter well thought out plans that you had for the school year in order to provide students with new and engaging learning opportunities. We see the steps you are taking to stay connected with students and to adapt your practice and we appreciate you! It’s okay to feel like you may not have everything figured out. You do not need to spend countless hours trying to balance work and home responsibilities, or be upset with yourself when you want to do more but just can’t. Remember that there are some important lessons that can be taught on a daily basis with no prep or resources, such as self love, balance and positive mental health. Your students, your family and every else that you love need you to take care of yourself, before you can take care of them! We see you, we appreciate you, and we applaud you. There are so many heroes in our world right now, and you are one of them! Sincerely, Stephanie, Education Content Creator and Teacher.
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Dear teacher, I know that you would rather be in your classroom right now, teaching your students in person and watching them grow day by day. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. Thank you for doing your best for students, and for being flexible in this unprecedented situation. Thank you for your patience with technology, your willingness to try new things and your ability to reach students, even from a distance. Please know that everything you are doing is appreciated, and that everything you are doing is making a difference in students’ lives. Sincerely, Erin, Education Content Creator, teacher, and proud supporter of you!
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Dear Educators, Teaching sure seems to look a lot different these days. Yet, through these new challenges you have adapted, you have risen to the occasion and continue to always show up for your students. I know not being physically present for your students is troublesome, and certainly frustrating trying to navigate the digital teaching world. It worries you what this time apart will do to the academic, social and emotional development of your students. You lose sleep wondering if you are doing enough and how you can reach all of your students, especially those most vulnerable. Don’t ever doubt if your efforts are going unnoticed -- we see you! We thank you! If you haven’t heard it today, you are doing and incredible job engaging your students and providing rich learning tasks to keep a love of learning ignited. While the learning that goes into the classroom cannot be replaced, you have proven that the learning in class is not restricted to the walls of our schools, but that the world is our classroom fueled by the passion of dedicated educators and driven by the natural curiosity of the learning. The world thanks you, students thank you, Prodigy thanks you. Alyssa Lahaie, Teacher, Intermediate Education Content Creator.
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Dear Teacher, Know that you are valued. Know that you are appreciated even if you may not hear it daily. Know that the work you do is meaningful and makes a difference. Know that it’s okay to feel frustrated by the limitations of remote teaching. Know that it’s okay to miss your students beyond words. Know that it’s okay to give yourself a break. Know that a teacher who takes care of themself will be better equipped to support his/her students/family/and self when this is all over. Know that this isn’t normal and that it’s okay for you to set limits and boundaries too! Know that we are here when you need us. Sincerely, Diana, Ed. Content Creator and proud supporter of you!
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This is us, saying thank you for everything you’ve done and everything you’re doing. Keep it up!

The Prodigy Team

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