How Will Teachers Be Taught To Teach Remotely?
Monday September 21st marked Boston Public Schools remote return to school. While the discussion continues around in-person versus remote learning, teachers have moved forward planning their online curriculums. Throughout the pandemic, much of the conversation has been focused on the difficulties students and parents face. Just as they are struggling with this new normal, it is vital to highlight the incredible challenges teachers are facing, because transferring their skills to a digital form is even tougher than it sounds.
The Boston Globe followed students, educators and support staff on their first day back to bear witness to yet another taxing situation created by COVID19. Derrick Ciesla, an elementary school principal in Dorchester, reflected on why he and his colleagues are in education; “we’re in it to serve children and families. Now we’re serving them in a different way. But everyone misses that authentic interaction.”
That authentic interaction is challenging to recreate virtually, and it will take some creativity to find the best solution forward. Karen Aronian, an education expert, told ABC news that children are missing “the opportunity to engage or get the proper feedback from teachers.” Good grades are no longer the schools’ top priority - simply getting a student to raise their hand alone at their computer is an achievement.
Not only that, but Boston.com reports that the Boston Teachers Union is concerned about the air quality in the city’s schools. So even with the future plan to have a hybrid model that will allow students to learn in-person for two days a week and learn remotely the other three days, teachers are concerned. When Boston Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius was asked by NBC Boston about this hybrid option, she mentioned taped video lessons teachers might have to develop for remote learners to watch while educators are teaching in-person. It would seem the educators plate is sufficiently full.
Thankfully, parents are gaining new respect (however long overdue) and everyone concerned with the young generations’ education is joining the conversation. Here at Gaslight, we’ve come up with a potential solution for educators to find new ways to engage and keep their children's attention: Classroom LIVE! In a single training session teachers will learn how to optimize their time and use tools at their disposal to make the virtual classroom more engaging for their students. Teachers can’t do it alone. Our fully interactive educational program replicates the in-class experience. While teachers are there to help our children, we are there to help teachers prepare for the long road ahead.