I miss giving high fives! I took it for granted when I high-fived a student because I saw something great. I took it for granted when I high-fived a staff member for doing something incredible in the classroom. I took it for granted giving someone a high five or a fist bump just because it was good to see them. Whether it is a high five, a fist bump or even a thumbs up, we all need signs of approval, encouragement and positive energy as we go about our day....especially during these uncertain times in education.
Right about now, since we will stick with the social distance theme, we are all needing to see a thumbs up. Whether it is to let us know you can hear us on Zoom, to let a student know they did a good job on the assignment they turned in, to give us the go ahead that we can come back in person to school, or just to give a boost needed make it through the school day, it is nice to know that we are all in this together and we are here to lift each other up.
Whether you are in school in person now or when you return to school in person after the new year, we all need to continue to be there for each other. We all need to see signs of encouragement and boosts of positive energy. This is really hard. You are doing a great job. Whether you are a teacher, a staff member, a student, or a parent, we are teaching and learning through unprecedented times. You are bringing your best selves every day, whatever that may be given the circumstances. I am excited to welcome my students and staff back after being remote for the last month. Although I would love to give everyone a high five when I see them tomorrow, I have a feeling my thumbs are going to be pretty busy!
Richard M. Hayzler
A life long educator and current Principal of Pequannock Township High School in NJ, Rich is excited to share his ideas and thoughts about education and how we can change the world for our students and our staff.