Teachers Find a Way

This story was previously published in the October 28, 2020, issue of the VCHS Talon.

Mr. Andrew Wilson teaches his AP Calculus AB students including Rohan Aujla and Katie Stanek. His laptop, microphone, and camera are set up below his podium.

Emma Reheis

Mr. Andrew Wilson teaches his AP Calculus AB students including Rohan Aujla and Katie Stanek. His laptop, microphone, and camera are set up below his podium.

With all of the Covid-19 guidelines, this year has been tough on students. However, it has also been tough on teachers, who have had to change their teaching style dramatically.

“It’s a challenge to teach distance learners and in-person learners at the same time,” Mr. Todd Kosiewicz said. He teaches pre-algebra, physics, and life skills. Certain activities, like labs, have presented problems, but there are solutions. “Some aspects of the labs work well with breakout rooms, but if a distance learner is having Internet issues during a lab day, it’s really tough to get all the required data without additional work,” Mr. Kosiewicz said.

Senior Caitlin Sweany has also noticed changes in teacher’s styles, saying, “Some individuals aren’t as aware of the distance learners as the students in class, but it’s important for the distance learners to learn, too.”

“I’ve been really challenged with incorporating the distance learners into the class, which also requires me to be glued to my computer. It can also challenging to do discussion type activities with the distance learners mixed with the in-person learners”, said Ms. Black, who teaches English.

Teachers have also had to change the way they assign work because of students who are distance-learning. “I have switched to larger unit packets rather than daily work when able to do so. I also remember that with all the additional requirements it is extra important to maintain balance between work time and quality time at home,” Mr. Kosiewicz said. “The Lord gives me strength to keep going each day.”