Particular Schooling Trainer On The Challenges Of Distant Studying All through A Pandemic – CW50 Detroit

Southfield (KW50) – Being a teacher had already established itself as one of the most demanding jobs in the world. Teachers do an incredible amount of work, are underrated and many believe they are underpaid for their value to our society.

So taking on an already challenging task and adding a global pandemic on top of that wasn’t something that education left. Now, take on the challenges of the teaching profession and a global pandemic and add these teachers who teach children with learning disabilities or special needs.

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Oxford Virtual Academy students

The Oxford Virtual Academy already had an established relationship with virtual learning. However, virtual learning was only part of the curriculum as the academy had a center for face-to-face learning all year round. Since the pandemic, the academy’s teachers have had to resort to a full distance learning environment for these special students. Senior special education teacher Pam Harvell knew that her students still needed the same amount of effort from her during the pandemic as they did before.

Special Education Pam Harvell with students from Oxford Virtual Academy

She did this by virtually meeting with students when it was convenient for them and their families, be it when they were in their parents’ car or at home, Harvell made time for them.

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Community Connect host Lisa Germani, with Pam Harvell, Lead Special Education Teacher at the Oxford Virtual Academy

Pam Harvell, Lead Special Education Teacher at Oxford Virtual Academy, speaks with Lisa Germani at Community Connect about the challenges faced by teaching her students in a completely remote setting.

Special Education Educator Pam Harvell with an Oxford Virtual Academy student

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