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Teaching Kids with “Paper Packets” due to Coronavirus closures with Dee Ross Kalman

Some teachers (and students) don't have a choice. Because they have no internet connection, school closures mean “paper packets.” Three weeks of them. Today's teacher recorded this episode the day she spent at school making three weeks of paper packets and how she struggled to bring excellent teaching home to her students even when technology is out of the question.

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Listen to Dee Ross Kalman talk about the struggle to teach with paper packets


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Editor's Note

Why such an affluent country as the United States cannot ensure that every child have internet access astounds me. I'm not sure how anyone thinks that paper is equitable for all of these kids and less access to teachers is OK. This is just my opinion and I know everyone is doing the best they can but the differences and digital divide becomes apparent in times like these and we should wake up and work to get better around the world.

Dee Ross Kalman

Dee Ross Kalman (she/her) is a middle school STEM teacher in Hackensack, NJ. She has taught in New Jersey public schools for 13 years and is formerly a special education & mathematics educator. Ms. Kalman's is focused on building empowerment through student choice, established in safe, fail-forward environment, and loudly raising the gender & minority equity in the STEM field.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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