Something I did not consider could impact facilitating teaching was safety. The following questions come to mind. Do teachers feel safe in their work environment? What about their virtual environment? Are there proper anti-virus, anti-hacking protections in place for the students technologies used in the classroom?
Given the pandemic and students choice to be vaccinated or not, or wear a mask or not, the health of teachers were a conversation that was and still is relevant given the spikes of the virus. According to Northcote (2020), teachers felt that to return in class safely they needed smaller class sizes and more safety trainings. Now that we are back to in person learning, I would be interested to see how the facilitators of learning, our teachers, the backbone of our society, feel their safety was prioritized. Did they feel any change came about?
Additionally, given the spikes of gun violence in our schools including the Uvalde shooting, the proposed solution of arming teachers is always mentioned as a possibility. However, how many more responsibilities are we having our teachers bare? Have we thought of asking teachers what they feel? According to Lopez (2020), upon surveying teachers in Texas, 90% felt worries a shooting would happen at their school and 76% answered they DO NOT want to be armed at work. In my opinion, it seems if teachers were armed, it could be more dangerous if safety measures aren't followed and a student gains access to such weapon. One thing is for sure, safety of our learning facilitators remain a concern both in person and virtually.
This is a resource for online safety guides based on grade level:
Lopez, B. (2022, June 8). Texas teachers union survey finds that school employees don’t want to be armed. Texas Tribune. https://www.texastribune.org/2022/06/08/texas-teachers-armed-survey/
Northcote, K. (2020, April 9). Teachers reveal how satisfied they are with school safety measures amid the pandemic. Klassroom. https://www.klassroom.com/blogs/blog/teachers-safety-covid-measures/
Teaching Remotely in the Time of COVID-19
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