Corona From An Educator’s Perspective

Today I want to discuss some things I’ve been thinking about. At times it may seem I’m being harsh, but please take it all in stride and know I’m just trying to be honest and upfront with you. I don’t mean to offend anyone, and if it comes across that way, I sincerely ask for your forgiveness. Everything discussed today is purely from my experiences and opinions I’ve formed over the last 34 years on this earth. As I will share below, if you disagree with me that is okay, but I don’t feel the need to get into a verbal fighting match with you online because it is both distasteful and ignorant. Thank you for checking out my site, and hope you enjoy the article.

Are We Essential?

When the pandemic first hit everyone was in pandemonium. There wasn’t just mass chaos, we finally had a chance to see how important our “essential” workers were and who actually classified as essential. At least in the eyes of our government and the elite “Hollywood” class. This has raised a few questions in my mind, especially for someone – even though I’m an aid, I basically do everything a teacher does except I don’t have the degree to go with it – who works in the education system. One of the questions I keep mulling over in my mind is that are teachers – and their aids – essential? People say we are, and yet it seems very few actually believe it. The reason behind this thinking is last March when a huge number of aids and teachers alike were let go because of the “six-feet-apart” rule. Don’t get me wrong, if you are coughing and have a fever, I believe you should keep your distance from someone, but in my honest opinion – and I know I’m going to get flak for this – the world treated this Corona like everyone drank poison and we all had the plague. Now I won’t go down the rabbit trail of how I feel on this, I will just simply say that if a country like Japan or Korea who have an overabundance of people and deal with poor air quality – which can cause all kinds of immune issues – and still demand children attend school, what is our problem? Moving on, I would like to discuss what teaching has been like during the pandemic.

Teaching During a Crisis

Now before I continue, I should mention my thoughts on this do not come from my own experience but from those of close friends who are teachers in the school system. I’ve heard many stories from my fellow teachers regarding the difficulty they’ve had during the pandemic with teaching. Not only do we have educators dealing with technology they are unfamiliar with for the first time, we also have students who either have an IEP or are forced to change the way they learn without warning. This is unprecedented times, and in my personal opinion we are facing the 21st century of the Great Depression. No, I’m not trying to compare our issues with that of the Great Depression. However, just as people of that time dealt with the oppression of the government; the struggle with making a living; and finding ways to provide for their basic needs; we’re going through something remarkably similar. I also think because of all the forced one-sided agendas being pushed in our school systems it has become harder to teach due to not allowing children to think for themselves or learn about our true history, and as the saying goes “If you don’t learn from your past, you are doomed to repeat it.”

KEEP CALM & TEACH ON

So how do we educate the “children of tomorrow” and make a difference in our classrooms? By remaining calm, fighting for what is right and true in our classes, choosing to stand up against the bullies, Marxist, and modern-day Nazi’s, and giving our children a better future than what we see today. I fear if we don’t teach true history – the good, the bad, and the ugly – and show children they are able to not only have an opinion but also have a proper argument without allowing negative emotions to cloud their judgement, we are destined for a societal breakdown. This may sound harsh, but if you look back in history most societies were thrown into war and eventually died out due to lack of proper education, structure, and respect for each person’s role in said society. We are not like other countries because we were founded on Godly principles that say we are to love our neighbor – even if we don’t like them -, treat each person fairly regardless of their race or ethnic background, and if you want to live like a free American you must pay the price of becoming an American citizen. The last I will admit is similar to other countries except we don’t execute people when they illegally enter our boarders or overstay their welcome. However, I digress. So how can parents and guardians help teachers and their aids during such a time of turmoil? Well, I’m glad you asked.

Lending A Helping Hand

As a parent, guardian, or those who send their children to school – whether public or private -, the best way in my opinion you can help us out is by simply giving us a little grace. We are not perfect, and we are only doing what we currently see is best for your child. If we mess up, we – at least the good ones – will admit it and try to correct our mistakes. All we ask is that you work with us and not against us in teaching your child and molding them into the person of greatness they are destined to be. In saying that, we are not their parent or babysitter for eight hours a day. We are their teachers and we not only deserve respect, but we are also supposed to be enforcing what should already be taught at home. So please, please help us and not give in or undo the things we are teaching them just because you are tired or overworked. We get it, life can suck, but you need to find a way to be your best self, that way you are not giving your kids the leftovers or leaving the disciplining to us. Your kids deserve better, and you will be thankful in the end for it. Now I know a lot of this is coming from my own opinion of things I’ve seen and experienced in life, but I ask that you keep an open mind with what I’ve shared today and don’t just come at me with hate or give me “a piece of your mind” because you think it’s right. As I’ve always been taught, sometimes your opinions and things you have to say may be right, but they don’t always need to be shared. I’m just sharing my experience with you, and you can take it or leave it. If you disagree then move on to something else, don’t spew your hatred because you disagree and try to get in a fighting match online with me about it. It isn’t wise, and you are the one that will look like a fool. I am open to debate, as long as it is constructive and with love.

Thanks again for reading all the way to the end, and hope you have a wonderful rest of your week.

Angela Frantz
Teaching Assistant & Certified Paraprofessional

The Art of Patience and Humility

Hello everyone, Angie here. There has been so much going on lately. First, I got a new job, as previously mentioned in my last post. If you haven’t read it, click here. Then because of the few days I’ve walked to work in the frigid temps I seemed to have caught a slight cold. This is the reason I’ve not written or updated any of my socials. However, I’m back to full health, feeling much better, and enjoying a nice three day weekend due to President’s Day. I thought I would take this time to write an article on here about something that has been rattling in my brain the past few weeks.

The Art of Patience and Humility

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Something I’m learning a lot at this new job is the art of waiting, or patience to be exact, and how teaching kids is very humbling. What I mean is, some children need extra guidance. Shocking as it may seem, there are some who need to learn to not only sit still and listen to the teacher when she is speaking without interruptions, they also need to learn how to interact with other children and play nice instead of destroying their toys and/or room. I know, crazy right?? Who would have thought? LOL But seriously, it may come as a shock to some who haven’t been around children much or at all, but it is the adult – most times the teacher – that needs to instill in them the ability to play well, get along with friends, learn to be respectful and not talk when the teacher is talking. These are things we don’t inherently pick up. This can be tiring at times for those who aren’t used to teaching and being around littles, and it has really taught me patience. I find it also humbling because this job isn’t for everyone, and don’t get me wrong I love my job. I know this is my calling, and what I’m meant to do. However, you can’t go into a classroom and expect the kids to love you or even like you all the time. Sorry, but there are times the kids are having a bad day, they are tired, and they don’t want to listen. That is okay, we are all aloud a bad day, but we also need to learn how to work through that. It is my job to assist the teacher in molding these children into respectful, honest, and accomplished adults some day. Never in all the jobs I’ve had did I feel this fulfilled and like I was making a difference!

What is my take away?

So I’m a natural born leader at heart, and I love to find the nuggets of wisdom in everything. So what is it that I want you to take away from this post? Basically, if you want to learn true patience and selflessness, spend the day with children. They are amazing and might even teach you a thing or two about imagination and fun. I love being an educator, and it is nice to work with those whom I’ve been able to learn from. I actually feel like I’m not only making a difference, but I have a good job that is shaping me into the teacher I want to be someday.

Well, that is all I have today. I hope you have an amazing valentines weekend and holiday. May you feel loved and cherished this weekend and throughout the whole year!

An oldie but a goodie from when I took a class at my local community college.

xoxo,

Angie

Transition: Sometimes it isn’t pretty but it is beneficial

Hello friends and fellow bloggers! Today was my second day on the new job as an aid, and because of this I decided to discuss the topic of transition and how it may not always be pretty but it can definitely be beneficial if we let it. It has been almost a year since I’ve worked, let alone been on my feet for more than three to four hours at a time. Usually with transition come new things and people, and for those like me who aren’t fond of change it can be unsettling. I’ve been learning how the EC center is ran – which is different than the last -, I am learning new names, and how to get around the school, plus let’s not forget I have to wear a mask for six – in – a – half hours a day. This isn’t ideal, it’s not that pretty if you think about it, yet this is super beneficial because I’m fulfilling a need at the school, all the while I’ve been able to increase my pay, I get full benefits, and a handful of other blessings that the Lord has bestowed on me. I don’t for a second regret saying yes, and hopefully the principle and the teacher I’m helping would say the same. What am I getting at here? If you are in a transition period, it may not be roses and sunshine like you thought it would be, and you may be starting at the bottom at a new job like me, yet don’t forsake it because there is a reason you are there and if for no other reason it could be to share your gifts with others and gain experience. In a season where everything seems horrible, let’s look for the roses among the thorns. I’m trying to remind myself of this as I learn new things and try to remember names of the kiddos and people I work with, as well as the principle I work for.

I hope this encouraged you, I just felt like hoping on here and share that today. I’m excited about my new job, and I know God has me there for a reason, even if it wasn’t what I was expecting. May you have a good rest of your week folks.

Happy Wednesday!

Angie

Hello world! My name is Angela.

Angela Frantz is a teacher’s aid and landscape photography hobbyist.

If you’re visiting this page, it is most likely because I told you about it….or maybe someone was nice enough to share this with you. No matter how you found me, welcome! The reason for this blog is to share some experiences – without giving away personal info – about my life as an educator, as well as various things that are of interest. I wouldn’t really call this a lifestyle blog, but if it needs a label then we’ll go with that. I’m passionate about three things in life; My faith, my husband, and helping others. I’m sure this will morph into many things over the years, yet my hope is to always bring joy, peace, and insight to my readers. To learn more about me, click on over to the about section. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read this, and if you enjoy any of my posts will you consider commenting below? I value your encouragement and feedback. Thank you and talk soon!

~ Angie ~