Virtual learning through the eyes of a teacher
May 9, 2020
It’s the simple things teachers at Patrick M. Villano School miss the most.
“The hardest part of teaching from home has been not being able to see my students every day,” fifth-grade teacher Kim Biggs said. “I miss greeting them in the morning, working in small groups, and reading books to them. Although I feel lucky we have technology and can still keep in touch, it is not the same as being in our classroom together each day.”
The COVID-19 outbreak forced schools closed through the end of this academic year. Many schools throughout New Jersey are teaching virtually with lessons through the computer. Biggs thinks there are some benefits to distance learning.
“One benefit of teaching from home is being able to provide every student with meaningful feedback every day when assignments are turned in. I can leave comments and suggestions for students directly on their documents that I know the student will see the following day,” Biggs explained.
Another benefit for Biggs personally has been spending all day with her dog who often makes appearances on the class Google Meet sessions. Biggs has some advice for students learning at home, and that advice starts with creating a schedule for schoolwork and sticking to it.
“Holding yourself accountable to wake up at a decent time and get to work really helps to ensure you have a productive day!” Biggs explained.
“The other advice I would give to Villano students learning at home would be to not be too hard on themselves. As long as you are doing your best, asking questions, and making your learning a priority, that is something to feel proud of,” Biggs responded.