Editor’s note: Robert Walsh is a middle school teacher in Fairfield County who has been writing a daily account about virtual learning that launched last week in Connecticut schools, which have all been closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s a recap of his week:
When I decided to leave my management job in a software firm to go into teaching, it was not because I wanted to spend hours in front of a computer screen. I felt I had something to offer students, and a way in which to deliver it, that would really make a difference in their lives. The COVID-19 virus has forced me back in time to those workdays huddled around a monitor, debating the best way to code for the end user. True, the lighting is better and no one steals my lunch from the fridge, but I really miss my classroom.