Editor’s note: Robert Walsh is a middle school teacher in Fairfield County who is writing a daily account about virtual learning that launched this week in Connecticut schools, which have all been closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s his recap of Monday:
Middle school teachers are used to chaos, but this past week has been particularly interesting. I’m lucky enough to teach in a terrific Fairfield County public school system with the resources to provide students and staff with what we need during this challenging time. Still, my colleagues and I spent the weekend glued to our screens while juggling the creation of digital lessons with concerned emails from students and parents. Amid the torrent of procedural directives from administrators and the avalanche of bad news regarding the impact of COVID-19, how could anyone think March Madness was canceled?