I’m a high school health teacher, and since San Francisco’s shelter-in-place order went into effect, I’ve been conducting Zoom classes with my students–entering their homes every day through a computer screen. Teaching and learning in a virtual classroom are a very different experience for all of us, so is spending all of our time at home suddenly and completely cut off from friends, peers, and even casual but comforting interactions with acquaintances and complete strangers.
As a teacher and a parent, I wanted to understand more about how the current situation is impacting my students. My kids and my students have always been my best teachers, so I decided to go right to the source. In our opening class check-in last week I asked my students to talk about their daily lives, family time, and how they’re navigating this new “normal.”