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First-year teachers in Minnesota prepare for the challenges of school amid a pandemic


August 31, 2020

Renee Jones Schneider – Star Tribune

Katie Falk, a first-year kindergarten teacher at Lake Harriet Lower Community School, sat in the little section of her classroom where she has set up for her distance learning classroom in Minneapolis on Aug. 26.

Instead of creating fun name tags for the kindergartners in her class, first-year teacher Katie Falk is compiling e-mail addresses to communicate with those students' parents.

It's one of the countless ways the COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning has created a reality far different from what Falk had envisioned for the start of her teaching career at Lake Harriet Lower Community School in Minneapolis.

"My first reaction is one of feeling overwhelmed," she said. "But I also know that this really offers room to grow as a teacher."


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