Celebrating all of Dimmitt Employees (Teacher Appreciation Week)
Hope everyone is well. Can you believe it is May and time for us to celebrate your teachers and staff for all they do. We celebrate the entire staff here at Dimmitt because we are all teachers and teaching our students in every aspect of their experience at Dimmitt. We appreciate you and YOU MATTER.
We'd like to recognize the ways teachers went above and beyond during a year that was riddled with change and uncertainty. In 2021, let's particularly appreciate teachers and staff for:
- A little more than a year ago, staff had to make the switch to remote learning with little or no notice. You did it with grace and a sense of humor, sometimes having to learn new technology platforms on the fly. Since then, many have returned to the classroom. Others are teaching students both face-to-face in the classroom and virtually at the same time.
- Having to take lesson plans developed for face-to-face instruction and make them work for teaching remotely required teachers to innovate. Some made brief learning videos to engage students in the curriculum. Others took advantage of the capabilities of the technology to differentiate instruction and encourage collaboration. Many report that while teaching remotely posed challenges, it also helped them to rethink their instructional strategies and connect with students in new ways.
- Faced with teaching in new models, teachers quickly pivoted to engage with their students and create community. You created Canvas pages. Bitmoji's with avatars for themselves and their students and used them to run their virtual classrooms, providing students with a sense of familiarity and connection. You discovered new resources, such as amazing virtual field trips- no permission slips needed-or online read-alouds featuring students' favorite authors.
- Caring and Kindness
- You have always demonstrated that they care about their students and their families in numerous ways, but this past year they've taken things to the next level. They've delivered learning supplies, like pencils, pens, glue, paper, and books, to students who don't have access to them. When students weren't participating in remote learning, staff have visited their homes to connect. And when the stress of juggling all of this change became a bit too much, we supported each other in small and large ways online.
Let's all remember to praise each other and continue to left each other up.