We interviewed Washington D.C. based kindergarten school teacher, Meleah Campbell, to get her thoughts on how the pandemic has changed her teaching style and her favorite supplies to use in the classroom. Here’s what she had to say.
What’s your favorite school supply and why? Play-Doh is my favorite school supply because my students love using it. It can be used for math and literacy activities as well as free play.
What’s one thing you learned teaching through the pandemic that you’ll carry through with you into future school years? I will carry the idea of teaching every day like it is your last. I’m enjoying teaching in person so much, however I know that with our covid tests every week, our classroom is bound to have to go back to virtual teaching at some point in the year.
What’s something positive that you saw come out of COVID-19? Students were able to become more knowledgeable in how to use technology. This was a positive aspect of COVID-19, as well as people being able to spend more time with their families.
What has been your biggest challenge since the pandemic started? When the pandemic began, it was very challenging for me. I had just moved to a new state where I didn’t have any friends or family, and I was completely isolated. Not being able to see people or children really made my life very sad. Luckily, I am not in that state anymore and we are able to be in the classroom, which I am very grateful for.
What are you looking forward to most this September? I’m looking forward to doing more art projects in my classroom.
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