“We are all coming out of two school years that were impacted a ton by COVID-19. It was a lot harder to learn during these years. But maybe even more importantly, it was two years of missing out on socializing with our classmates and teachers — meaning we are all missing that sense of community that is so important to make it through high school.” —Ethan
“A lot of the time, it really feels like the attention and help goes to the students who are already excelling — instead of the ones who need support.” —Ethan
“But after the last two years, getting thrown into high school really feels like we are in a shaken up soda can that’s ready to explode. Instead of focusing on harsh attendance and grading policies to force us to “catch up,” what we students need is for teachers to meet us where we are at — to understand what we’ve gone through, and help rebuild the community and the trust that we lost over the last two years.” —Ethan
Ethan’s 2021 Statement
Teachers play a very important role in how we feel as students.
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Ethan’s 2022 Statement
When teachers create a positive—emotionally safe classroom—I see that I learn best: this is the optimal learning environment for students.
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