Teacher Appreciation Week during time of online learning

Coronavirus Watch Kentucky

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) This week is Teachers Appreciation Week across the country and many teachers have to spend it away from the classroom and their students.

It happens as teachers adapt to changes in how their students learn.

Instead of being in the classroom for Teachers Appreciation Week, Audubon Elementary 2nd Grade teacher Beth Lanham is teaching from her dining room while her students are at their homes.

“I really miss my kids. This is not how I wanted the school year to end,” she said. Lanham says since classrooms were closed off to in-person learning, she and other teachers resorted to using video conferencing, making videos and online chats to keep their students learning at home. Students are still learning, but lesson plans had to change since not everyone had the same materials.

“I will go through them and teach them on videos as well and then respond to any question. Some students need to have a video chat with me so I can explain it in more detail,” says Lanham.

“We’re still seeing progress from our kids. It’s amazing seeing some of the things that are turned in from our students as far as their assignments go,” adds Principal Caleb York. He also says switching to online learning has been a learning experience for teachers too. He says they’ve had to adjust their lesson plans after learning what parents are seeing.

“We started getting phone calls from families saying, ‘Hey, our kids are working 6, 7, 8 hours on school work that we intended for it to last 3, 4, 5 hours. We need to make changes,’” he recalled.

“They’re still working and they are still learning and I’m able to be there for them. It’s just a different atmosphere,” says Lanham. She adds she can still grade her students work, but that too had to change with everyone away from the classroom.

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(This story was originally published on May 5, 2020)

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