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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Good for Each Other

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

My second hour class had lots of questions for me this morning. The period lasts only thirty minutes, and I had a lesson to present. But how could I not let them speak for a few minutes? “Do you like ‘Star Wars’?” “Do you like horror movies?” “What is your favorite band? I took their …

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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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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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Special Education Faced Special Challenges

by Expect More Arizona

In May, Expect More Arizona fielded a survey to give classroom teachers a chance to weigh in on COVID-19’s impact on education. This blog series will explore results in more detail, with specific input from teachers across the state. As the pandemic trends shift and schools plan for re-openings, outlooks will continue to evolve. Learn …

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