As the coronavirus pandemic has impacted every aspect of life in the United States, school buildings across the country have closed and learning has moved online. Teachers have needed to rapidly adapt to their new teaching environments.
Amongst others, we hear from a 2nd grade teacher in Arkansas working in a school where 80 percent of students are English-language learners, and an 8th grade teacher in Hawaii trying to share the nuances of Romeo and Juliet through video conference. Though they’ve experienced challenges unique to them, to their grade level, to their region, and their subject matter, they also share many commonalities in the highs and lows of their new normal.
In the first piece of this series, we hear from all four teachers who provide a barometer of sorts on the state of education in the early days and weeks of the pandemic. Subsequent pieces will follow up with each teacher as the school year ends and they look ahead to the summer and fall amidst the uncertainty that remains over what the new school year will bring.
Sponsored in part by The NEA Foundation.
Filmed by: Justin Minkel, Christina Torres, Ariel Sacks, and Russell Stahlke
Edited and Produced by: Jaclyn Borowski