Many parents are deeply aware of how difficult this year has been for our students. And while so many classes have been relegated to Zoom, it’s important to remember and appreciate the incredible amount of work teachers have done to make education happen, even remotely. One college class decided to show their appreciation in a very 2020 way, with the most heartfelt Zoom thank you you’ll see.
One student posted the emotional video on Tik Tok.
@vizzywapduring these tough times it’s important to show extra appreciation! #fyp #foryoupage #zoom #dontletthisflop #college #covid #professor #thankyou♬ original sound – James Blake
Adam Shrager is a high school teacher and an adjunct college professor. After a long day of hybrid teaching at high school, he logs on to teach two college-level statistics classes over Zoom. He’s called it the hardest year of his teaching career. Which is why he was so moved by his class’s show of appreciation.
At the very start of the last class, something seemed wrong, because not a single student had their camera on (Shrager said it was very usual). He starts asking if people can see his video and assumes there is some technical glitch. As he’s working through it, the entire class turns their cameras on at once, and they are all holding homemade thank-you signs.
“You guys freaking rock,” Shrager says in the video. “Oh, that’s like the nicest thing I’ve ever seen.”
He later told Buzzfeed News he was ‘so moved’.
“It was a genuine message acknowledging this Herculean effort that it took to teach class in this environment,” he said.
In a Facebook post about the gesture, Shrager said this has been his hardest semester in 20 years of teaching, but that this Thank You from his students moved him to tears.
Teachers, like many, have had to find new ways to make things work. And it’s not like their pay rose with the extra effort. They did it because that’s what great teachers do, they push themselves to reach their students in any way they can, even against monumental difficulties.
It was 30 students synchronizing a Thank You for one professor, but hopefully, the reverberations are felt by teachers around the world for the job they’ve done this year.