Sunday, April 30, 2017

We Are Demon Slayers #EdChat

It's hard not to write that title and not think of my favorite Demon Slayer, Buffy. However, as a teacher, I've come to realize that I've been slaying demons for years.

After 15 years of teaching, I've had students come to me with their demons. These could be minor issues of fights with friends, but they have included more serious issues of self harm and sexual assault. No matter what the issue, I have to be ready to slay those demons.

As teachers, we all do.

When you fight demons long enough, you do end up with scars and you remember the faces of those students you lose. It breaks the heart to think about them, but it gives me to motivation to fight even harder for those that need help now. The demons are frightened of me and they should be. I will continue to fight them and for my students for as long as I'm there.

As the end of the school year approaches, students are going to be stressed over exams or just being at home, away from the safe place teachers have created for them at school. This is when demons can show their ugly faces and teachers need to be armed and ready to fight.

Students count on us when they are lost and when they feel they do not have anyone else. We need to keep reminding students that they can come to us and get the support they need.

Stay vigilant my friends. The students are counting on you and the demons are scared.

Hugs and High Fives,

NP

PS:

Here is a link to MentalHealth.gov if you want some resources to help you slay.