The district I teach in is very diverse, and unfortunately very low income. Most of my students come from single parent homes. School is not a top priority for far too many of them. Most of their parent/ parents have a bad taste in their mouths from their school experience, and it carries over into their children's school experience. Creating a safe, fun, creative classroom is a great way to alleviate some of that school anxiety. Opening up the classroom and creating welcoming changes their perception of the school environment.
Distance learning has become the new norm in education since the advent of school closures as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and teachers have adapted—with the help of some truly amazing online applications.
Throughout my three months of distance learning, I have had to learn how to teach in a virtual world.
Unfortunately 80% of my students are struggling just to keep afloat. On-line learning is not at the top of their to do lists. Access to computers or tablets is scarce. Our district does not have the number of devices required for every student to be on-line. With an iPad I will be able to loan it out to students in need for a few days at a time so that they can access the on-line learning materials.
If we find ourselves in distance learning mode for an extended period of time, they will be on the front lines of my course delivery.
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