I am a Special Education teacher at a public elementary school in a low income area of Sacramento. We are now doing strictly distance learning. It is very difficult for my students to understand my instructions and guidance over Zoom. Most of my sessions are with 1-4 students at a time, all of whom have an IEP. If I had a document camera to use while teaching from home and students had white boards, markers, and erasers, it would greatly enhance the explanations I give students, particularly when working on things like fractions in math or sentence and paragraph structure in writing. It would also make it easier for students to share their work with me during the lesson. For this student population, it does not work to post assignments and have them do the work independently to share with the teacher later. We need direct communication in real time while they are practicing what I am teaching as well as the ability to share their work with the other students in the session. We do not know how long distance learning will continue, and I believe that anything I can do to help individual students to improve the outcomes they will see during this period will be a life long benefit to them and to all of us.
- Roberto Pieraccini
- Paul Palabrica