Teachers grapple with being bullied during pandemic learning
When the pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, a teacher in Washington state named Sarah quickly pivoted from classroom instruction to online teaching. Even though she missed her in-person relationships with her fourth grade students and their families, she made it work, and she felt appreciated for doing so.
But so much has changed since the pandemic started. Last year, teachers were viewed as heroes. Now, many say they are being cast as villains. Teachers who feel nervous about returning to their classrooms are hearing a familiar barrage of complaints and taunts: “Get back to work” and “Do your job.” For the first time in her decade of teaching, Sarah, who feared she would be fired or harassed if she shared her full name for this story, considered quitting.
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