Local teacher stays connected with students through Facebook

TAZEWELL COUNTY, VA (WOAY) – Since the stay at home order many teachers are finding creative ways to both teach students and provide support during the coronavirus pandemic.

”We are such a large part of their daily routine. Given how abrupt the school closure was, we really didn’t have time to prepare them or talk to them about what was going to happen, and what the rest of their school year would look like,” said Kindergarten Teacher Brittany Holt.

Holt is using the social media platform Facebook to connect with her students and provide alternate forms of education.

”Once we sent home our new material school package I began doing the lessons to introduce the topics and to work them through the worksheets,” said Holt.

As students learn from their homes, it has become vital for schools to provide alternate forms of education such as eLearning and lessons that will work outside the classroom setting.

“I feel like she’s doing it the way she would if she was in the classroom through the video chats,” said parent Kimberly Hall.

“It helps us out, and I really like that we’re able to access it at any time. So she may post in the evenings and if we are not available I can do it whenever we are available,” said parent Nicole Collins.

“I can see on the Facebook group The parents that viewed the videos and I can really say the majority of my class the parents are watching the videos,” said Holt.

“Most everyone these days has Facebook. Even when people who don’t have computers or reliable internet most people still have Facebook so I think that it reaches a broad audience,” said Collins.

Holt said she will continue lessons throughout summer.