As this distance learning journey progresses, the challenges are changing. Not only are we teachers frustrated about not being with our students but now we have an added challenge. When we are with our kids for the small amount of time that we have, the platforms we are using are unreliable.
Unreliable Technology Makes Distance Learning Tough for Teachers
As the number of schools and states participating in remote teaching increases, the quality of the platforms teachers use for distance learning is getting worse. The tech is freezing, our kids cannot always get in, some get kicked out, others cannot use the tools, or the codes are not working. This is causing stress levels to rise and the ability for teachers to provide quality digital instruction is getting even harder.
Relationships Are Key, Now More Than Ever
This has shown me that I must make the most out of whatever time I have daily with my kids. I try to remember that they are stressed out just like we are and they need to be reassured that our relationship with them is solid and isn’t changing.
Laugh with them, read with them, sing with them, be yourself with them – we are their constants. We are what they rely on daily, the same as they have since school started. Our students need us now more than ever.
Read more teacher tips for distance learning:
- Teacher Tips for Distance Learning: Week 1
- Teacher Tips for Distance Learning: Week 2
- Teacher Tips for Distance Learning: Week 3
By Cindy Price
Cindy Price is a veteran teacher of 26 years. She has taught kindergarten for 19 years and first grade for seven years. She was born and raised in Massachusetts, but has taught in Florida, Georgia, and now Delaware.