Empty Sidewalk

Empty Sidewalk

by Tim Ramsey, seventh grade writing teacher at Westwind Elementary in the Pendergast Elementary School District

One of the things that I miss the most, now in this pandemic time, is after school duty.  I know, I know.  That sounds crazy.  Who, in their right mind, enjoys duty after a long day of teaching adolescents? I guess I’m not in my right mind. My duty for the past four years has …

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My typical day – teaching during COVID

by Lynette Stant, 3rd Grade teacher at Salt River Elementary School, 2020 AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year

6 a.m. – I start my day by checking emails. Many of my colleagues are up late at night catching up on communications, so I have to get an early start to respond. 7 a.m. – Time to post an attendance question. Students will answer it, and this will give me an idea of who …

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Distance Learning Advice from a Veteran Educator

by Christine Roche, M. Ed., NBCT, highly qualified special education teacher, Amphitheater Public Schools

I always thank my parents for trusting me with their child. That is an honor I take to heart. Here’s what I would tell them: First off, don’t forget to hug your child! They are stressed too. Humor is priceless. Keep a journal so y’all can look back and laugh at all the funnies. Don’t …

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Just Another Day

by Tim Ramsey, seventh grade writing teacher at Westwind Elementary in the Pendergast Elementary School District

Just another day teaching seventh grade…virtually… Second period students encountered a glitch with the sign-in link for my class. I wondered why no one was showing up. By the time the problem was solved, there were only twelve minutes left in class. What do you do? Monitor and adjust. That’s what teachers do. All. Day. …

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