Once upon a time, students were able to go to school each day without wondering when they would return. They could play with their friends, and they were able to form strong relationships with their teachers.
As an education major, I was looking forward to being involved in the school routine. I was in a routine of my own, going to the library and spending time with my friends as I worked hard to make my dream of becoming a teacher come true.
As the Coronavirus spread around the world, it eventually reached the US. Suddenly, the lives of millions of people changed as regions were sent into lockdown to reduce the spread of the virus. Students of all ages were left to wonder how they would continue to learn from home.
This stuff is harder than I remember!
Parents were getting phone calls from schools, informing them of the closure. Parents needed to quickly adapt and decide how to explain what was happening to their young children.
At first, many students were excited to spend time at home. They imagined an endless number of snow days, playing as many games with their parents and siblings as they wanted. Families were suddenly able to spend more time together than ever before.
As the quarantine continued, families became increasingly stressed. During the switch to remote learning, parents quickly needed to adapt to the role of educator. Teachers were providing students with work to complete, but parents were unprepared and unsure of how to help.