A Thank You to all Teachers

As schools in the UAE and across the world embark upon home learning, there's one dedicated group of professionals to whom we all owe our thanks. Teachers, please enjoy this open letter from Mishal, WSA Cub Reporter and student at The Winchester School, Jebel Ali.
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To all the Teachers,

A thank you note to the extraordinary individuals who do extraordinary things.

Ever since the Covid-19 situation has arisen, not a day goes by when we don’t hear or read this particular sentence, “We’re facing an unprecedented situation”. The novelty of the circumstances is still sinking in and all of us have to make changes in our routines and the way we’ve hitherto done things.

Everyone’s got their own version of a brand new “normal”.  For we students, distance or remote learning is how we will study now till the authorities get the situation under control. If one thinks of it, it’s quite mind-boggling really. Did anyone even fathom the fact that in early 2020 we’d be into remote learning? And yet, here we are, ready to explore the unexplored.

I cannot wait to find all the exciting learning that the coming weeks will reveal. But before that, I wish to take a moment to say thank you to the incredible set of ladies and gentlemen who have made this unbelievable journey- from the realms of tangible classrooms to the computer screen - possible... and all within the matter of days!

The Ministry of Education announced that approximately 42,000 teachers have completed online training to certify them for remote learning. All schools have been carrying out their own extensive training sessions to prepare teachers to make a seamless transition onto the digital classroom.  This proves that the UAE is indeed the nation where nothing is impossible. It is also testimony to the grit, determination and selfless devotion of our  inspiring teachers who have ensured that our learning is not disrupted.

While students enjoyed their Spring Break, teachers put themselves through rigorous training and new learning – leaving their comfort zones far behind and exploring a new set of skills. This experience is just as new to them as educators as it is to us as students. Let us begin it with a positive, constructive spirit vowing to help each other, raise each other – to cooperate and collaborate. 

I just wish to say to all my fellow students that when you go online in the coming weeks, take a moment to look at your teachers who have worked diligently to put together this innovative new module for you. Take a moment to say thank you to them for being so extraordinary in their devotion to us – their “children”.

To all the wonderful teachers, it’s not every day that students and teachers get to learn something completely new together. 

We’ll strive to be receptive learners just as you have been in the past days. We’ll have an array of experiences – we might face challenges, be compelled to brainstorm, to reinvent how we learn, face a roadblock or two, chart our own learning curves, celebrate achievements as we get a hang of it and even gain a new perspective altogether.

The most important thing to remember is that we’re all in this together and we’ve got your back just like you’ve always got ours.

Thank you for all the extraordinary things you do, dear teachers and mentors. We’re ready to do this the best way we know how – TOGETHER!

Mishal, Year 8, The Winchester School, Jebel Ali

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