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  • Sport & Medical Sciences Academy
  • Hartford, CT
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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This year, the pandemic has drastically changed my science classes. Labs and hands on activities have been replaced by demos and computer screens. As the science teacher for in-person students in grades seven and eight this year, I have been working hard to preserve the sense of wonder and exploration of science, even in this very different setting, and making sure that kids get the science experience they deserve. Although class sizes for in person are small, it can still be a challenge to ensure a high quality, engaging lesson that gives students the science education they deserve while maintaining Covid-19 precautions. Modeling and interactive websites have become the new norm, but in order to make that a reality, I need a lot of screen space to share. With a looming switch to hybrid, where some of my students will be in person while others are joining via Google Meet, screen sharing is even more vital so I can model and share my thinking and hypotheses with all the kids. But screen sharing drastically reduces the size of my Google Meet window- leaving me seeing only a few kids at a time. Opening the chat, where many students are more comfortable sharing ideas and asking questions, diminishes it further. Adding a second monitor to my computer would allow me to have a dedicated screen just to see my students when they are virtual, leaving the other free to engage in the chat or share my screen. This seems like such a small thing, but when I can see their faces and them simulating an experiment I can be sure they are experiencing science as it should be experienced!

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This year, the pandemic has drastically changed my science classes. Labs and hands on activities have been replaced by demos and computer screens. As the science teacher for in-person students in grades seven and eight this year, I have been working hard to preserve the sense of wonder and exploration of science, even in this very different setting, and making sure that kids get the science experience they deserve. Although class sizes for in person are small, it can still be a challenge to ensure a high quality, engaging lesson that gives students the science education they deserve while maintaining Covid-19 precautions. Modeling and interactive websites have become the new norm, but in order to make that a reality, I need a lot of screen space to share. With a looming switch to hybrid, where some of my students will be in person while others are joining via Google Meet, screen sharing is even more vital so I can model and share my thinking and hypotheses with all the kids. But screen sharing drastically reduces the size of my Google Meet window- leaving me seeing only a few kids at a time. Opening the chat, where many students are more comfortable sharing ideas and asking questions, diminishes it further. Adding a second monitor to my computer would allow me to have a dedicated screen just to see my students when they are virtual, leaving the other free to engage in the chat or share my screen. This seems like such a small thing, but when I can see their faces and them simulating an experiment I can be sure they are experiencing science as it should be experienced!

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