FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Students and teachers alike are preparing for a school year unlike any they have experienced before.
“We will quite probably have to adapt on the fly as needs present themselves,” said Renee Albright, South Side High School teacher. “It's not going to look like it normally would, but they are learning things that no other generation has had to learn.”
Albright said the upcoming school year comes with more uncertainty than any of her 34 years prior as an educator, but hopes teachers can see the positive in showing students new skills.
Both Albright and Brittney Pearson, an Alternative Education teacher with Fort Wayne Community Schools, expressed concern for how educators will be able to connect with virtual students the same as if they were in the classroom.
“Connecting with students who have struggled in school on a human level is very important,” said Pearson. “That human connection and that social connection goes a long way when working with them academically.”
Albright said teachers may struggle to manage lesson plans for both e-learning and in-person instruction, but doesn’t expect most schools to bring on extra staff.
“We can’t totally reinvent education for something that is not a permanently necessary change,” Albright said. “That's a lot of money, rearrangement, and reinvention and I don’t know if that's the valuable use of resources.”