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Virus, technology, unrest make stressful year for teachers

 

First-year teacher Cindy Hipps stands outside of Lagos Elementary School, at Manor Independent School District campus east of Austin, Texas where she has taught first grade in a virtual and in-person hybrid classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hipps said she was told she "was introduced to the ring of fire of teaching." "I feel like a superwoman now, like I can take on anything." (Acacia Coronado/Report for America via AP)

MANOR, Texas (AP) - The school bell rings, and about a dozen masked first-graders turn to the monitor and wave hello to their classmates - each a tiny Zoom square representing the other half of the class. The teacher - standing behind a plexiglass wall - shares her screen, grabs a pointer, juggles a laptop, projector, marker and board and embarks on another act of her one-woman show.

Ana Saul Romero has seen many changes in teaching methods, testing and technology during her four decades as a teacher. But the past year packed in a lifetime's worth of tumult.

"It's difficult for me - I am a baby boomer - it is difficult with the technology, and I have learned more, but it is not enough, it is never enough," Romero said as she reminisced on the personal connections she made with students when she could see them every day in-person.

https://apnews.com/article/us-news-technology-health-coronavirus-education-3277755e32d3fcc81688309994f264d9

 

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