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University of Minnesota survey: State educators prefer to teach in classroom but worry about COVID-19


Brian Peterson – Star Tribune file

A pre-calculus class at Apple Valley High School. Teachers said they were most concerned about building relationships with students and wanted to do that in person.

Minnesota teachers are concerned about continuing distance learning this fall but also worried about the safety of returning to the classroom, according to a statewide survey released Tuesday by the University of Minnesota.

More than 13,000 primary and secondary educators responded to the U's survey in May and June, after the state's schools had moved to distance learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The results didn't offer any concrete answers about whether distance learning should be continued, said Katie Pekel, the lead researcher on the survey and principal-in-residence at the U's College of Education and Human Development. But it did highlight the mixed emotions that teachers feel about the question.


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