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