Tackling a new kind of teaching

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Cotter co-principal Dave Forney has been working to implement the new protocols

Everyone’s school year has been flipped upside down due to COVID-19, but how do Cotter teachers feel about this new type of learning?

Most teachers find that teaching in-person proves more effective.  Not only is it easier for teachers to convey information, but in person teaching allows for stronger connections with students.

I would rather teach in person most of all to develop relationships…face to face allows for more creativity and active learning”

— Mary Hansel-Parlin

“I would rather teach in person most of all to develop relationships…face to face allows for more creativity and active learning,” Ms. Mary Hansel-Parlin said.

Teachers have also mentioned that the disadvantages of distance learning include not being able to conduct labs and participate in group projects.  Additionally, music and band classes have had to adjust to a new way of teaching.

“Band is a class about collaboration and community, and doing band in its true sense is really difficult online,” said Mr. Meurer, Cotter band instructor.

 

Mr. Meurer prepping in the band room early in the school year (Madeline McConville)

However, despite the difficulties of online school, teachers are pleased with the transition.

“I think that the approach that Cotter is taking is the best I have seen in any school so far,” Mr. Meurer said.

Additionally, teachers believe that there is more time to slow down and learn at your own pace, and focus on different aspects of learning.  Many teachers also believe that it is safer during the pandemic.

“Knowing the potential health risks and social distancing guidelines that are present in the classroom, I think the content and learning tasks would likely have to be delivered in a digital format regardless,” Mr. McGlaun said.

Teachers have advised students to make sure that they get outside and off a screen, and also to make sure that they stay organized using either a planner or Google Calendar, considering that classes can get busy and assignments can pile up.