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This is how the NBA honors Teacher Appreciation Week in a video conference world

Your kids may be at home, but these dedicated folks are working harder than ever.

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Being a teacher is hard - countless hours of preparation, hosting classes, grading papers, preparing students for tests that make or break college dreams. Not to mention feeding, clothing, emotional support, setting goals, dreams, even morals. Think what you want, but teachers do it all. Don’t believe me? Volunteer a year with Teach For America and get back to me.

When this pandemic hit, these educators kicked it into overdrive - learning and teaching new technology, finding ways to alter plans and keep expectations high, even reinventing the wheel when it comes to proms, college signings, and graduations.

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Many administrators spent hours serving as drive-thru attendants handing out everything from cakes and gifts to yard signs, finding any way of saying how great it is to have these individuals as part of their team. Not an easy venture from six feet away.

Right now teachers are working full time while many are also homeschooling their own brood. You know three hours you spend trying to get your kid to do one online assignment? Yeah, now imagine working with another hundred and fifty teens after that part of your day is done.

The NBA also tends to have its share of appreciative players, especially those like Kyle Lowry who are serving as homeschool teachers in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Malik Beasley from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

And of course our San Antonio Spurs represented with former player Matt Bonner,

and commentator “Miracle Man” Sean Elliott.

Teachers, thank you for all you do. It can’t be easy to be away from your students when they need you the most. It’s got to be gut-wrenching to have to celebrate their achievements over a screen, but you do as you always do and push through.

Thank you!

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