November 14, 2020
“I remember March 13th vividly. It was the day schools sent everyone home with a level of uncertainty and a preconceived notion that it would be short term.”
“We had to work quickly to make student workbooks that required little teacher instruction,” said Doreen Collin, a Biddeford High School teacher. “We felt disconnected from our students for a long time. I’m passionate about teaching and connecting with students. From March through the end of the school year, we felt more like facilitators of work.”
The Summer was filled with discussions and skill development. The remote learning environment was a new challenge and technology changed rapidly. “It’s often overwhelming because there are so many options, but we’ve all found something that works to support our curriculum,” Doreen reassured.
Things were certainly better when students returned to school in the Fall, but “everyone feels like a first year teacher. We have never been in a situation like this before, so we all are starting from scratch. We’ve planned, only to redo everything we planned because of new protocols.”
Doreen remarks that she is proud of her students. “They’ve adjusted well and taken a personal responsibility for their education, but I hope this doesn’t become too normal. There is a level of sadness about missing the traditional high school experience. After all of this, I hope they are able to remain kids at heart.”
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