I don’t think any of us need to hear that we are living in difficult times. 2020 has been one of those years that just seems to continue to throw one thing at us after another. Although the news is bleak in many areas, one of the ways in which it was pioneered was through the coronavirus pandemic. It’s hard to believe that it has been many months since the pandemic began to sweep across the United States and it seems as if our life is never going to be the same again. That is especially true when it comes to students, who had to finish out the school year by learning virtually. It may be possible that many of them are going to do virtual learning next year as well.
When it comes to the next school year, there are a lot of challenges that are associated with it. Some people are advocates of having the children go back to school again, and it looks like they may end up in the classroom. Their lives are going to be different, however, because of social distancing guidelines and the need to wear facemasks. These changes can be both stressful and difficult for children, but one teacher has found a way to make it at least a little bit easier for her students. She has created socially distanced ‘truck desks’ for the students that are coming in this year.
No playing. Masks all day. Six feet apart at all times.School seems like a frightening place, when you read about all…
Jennifer Birch Pearson is the kindergarten teacher who had this idea. Her classroom in Texas is going to be absolutely amazing for the students who are arriving when the school year begins. After sharing a photo of the classroom with the parenting Facebook page ‘Maybe I’ll Shower Today’, it went viral immediately.
The caption reads: “No playing. Masks all day. Six feet apart at all times. School seems like a frightening place, when you read about all the safety measures kids will have to adhere to this year.”
Life may be throwing us some difficult times but we have its decision to make. We can either just roll over and allow them to run over us or we can do what we can and make things better. The desks in the picture are 6 feet apart and there are desk shields in front of each one. This goes along with the guidelines at the Texas school where she works.
“Those students who enter her classroom may have a tough time, but clearly they are in the hands of a caring teacher, and that’s something all parents can be grateful for,” the post caption continues. “Thank you to the teachers, who, like Ms. Pierson, are doing all they can and more to make our kids feel safe and happy.”
Thousands of comments and shares have come pouring in since the picture was posted. Ms. Pierson wanted to thank those who took the time to make the post special.
“Thank you for making it an inviting place to come especially for kindergarten, it is so sad and inappropriate to expect kids to not play when we know thats how they experience the world around them,” one person wrote.
“I love your classroom,” added another. “Glad they’re making it a fun thing even though there’s all kinds of restrictions good luck … sending you my love.”
“We need more teachers like her,” someone else added.