My phone rang last night. The voice on the other end was a dear friend who is a teacher. The first thing he said to me was, “I don’t know if I can do this anymore.”
I could hear the hurt, uncertainty, and anger in his voice. Knowing he has another week with his students at school made me wonder what all teachers were probably thinking right now.
He shared a social media post from someone named Angelle Terrell. It has nothing to do with standardized testing pressure, end of year activities, or a summer break. Maybe the following will give us all a better understanding of what teachers are thinking, but shouldn’t have to be thinking.
Every teacher you know has thought about it.
Every teacher you know has a plan for an active shooter.
Every teacher you know has weighed their point of fight or flight.
Every teacher you know has walked their room looking for blind spots.
Every teacher you know has passed their classroom to see what it would look like from the outside.
Every teacher you know has wondered how fast they can lock a door.
Every teacher you know has had a talk about the “spread out” or “group together” methods.
Every teacher you know has gotten jumpy at least once at the sound of a fire alarm, unplanned announcement, or screech from the quad.
Every teacher you know has wondered if they could be in the way long enough to prevent damage.
Every teacher you know has thought about how hard it would be to keep 25 young people quiet.
Every teacher you know has walked into a different classroom and noticed where the doors and windows are.
Every teacher you know thinks it can happen, so they hope every day it doesn’t.
Every. teacher. you. know.