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Quarantine Me Time

Throughout this pandemic, the CB community has had to stay at home and learn on calls with their classmates. With the transition to HyFlex periods and two days at school for certain students, their schedule has seemed to get more confusing and tiring. But the people who have had the hardest time adjusting, and debatably […]

Throughout this pandemic, the CB community has had to stay at home and learn on calls with their classmates. With the transition to HyFlex periods and two days at school for certain students, their schedule has seemed to get more confusing and tiring. But the people who have had the hardest time adjusting, and debatably the most stress and responsibilities have been the teachers.

They work hard to try and make the class engaging, keep the work on schedule, and make sure that the kids are having the best classes as possible. Even with the ability to have at least some students attend on certain days with HyFlex, they find it difficult to divide their attention between online and in-class students. And with all of this stress, they need ways to cope and deal with the burden of COVID lockdowns and managing the classroom.

One teacher who has had a very difficult time with the lockdowns and teaching kids about new skills is band director, Mr. Travis Maslen.

Teaching kids how to do math problems is one thing, but teaching kids to use instruments that they have never played or even picked up before is a real hassle, and the work is even harder teaching the kids how to play them while not being able to demonstrate or directly help them in person.

“It was always gonna be difficult to teach band online,” Mr. Maslen says. “Kids just work better in person, especially with things that they have never done before.”

He copes with being away from his students during class time and the effects of having to divide his attention between the two groups with his own form of stress relief by hanging out with his family, which helps him to cope with the schedule and the stress.

Another teacher who has been trying to acclimate to the HyFlex schedule has been, theater director, Mr. Michael Jackson.

His theater classes hinge heavily on being in class to receive material, read and act the material, and to see others working as well to make yourself better in return. But with this quarantine and now HyFlex, it has become extremely difficult to effectively teach the class.

“How do you keep up with teaching a class that needs that interaction and contact without having all of your students in the theater at a time?” Mr. Jackson says. “It’s a part of theater to be there in person and work on stage with others to help critique you in order to improve. We have to make due and learn with what we’ve got.”

Even with all of these stresses of the classes on the shoulders of the teachers, they still have been trying their best and putting hours into the student’s education. It is their job to teach and serve the students, and they have been stressed and drained as a result. But every teacher has been coping in their own way.

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