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COVID–19 Teacher Diary: Making the Best of Back to School 2020

Welcome to the 49th Teachers COVID–19 Teacher Diary, a blog series that takes a look at how teachers are coping with the pandemic. What will classrooms look like this fall? How are teachers feeling about all the changes? How can educators, parents, and students all cope with overwhelm, communicate more effectively, and support one another?

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Written by Peel District School Board Teacher-Librarian Jonelle St. Aubyn

When school ended on March 13th due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teaching as I knew it was about to change dramatically. We went from teaching and learning in classrooms to going completely online, with very little time to prepare. Teachers are resilient and we are the masters of making the best of challenging situations. Shifting gears, we were able to still provide quality programming online for staff and students and adjusted to our new reality. Although I didn’t mind having a virtual LLC, I really missed my students. I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye in person to graduating students that had volunteered with me for years. I didn’t get to hug coll …

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