Lynchburg teachers describe how in-person learning is going so far

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — As of this week, all grade levels in Lynchburg City Schools were welcomed back in person two days a week.

WFXR spoke with teachers representing the elementary, middle, and high school levels. They chose to come back in person and say they’re comfortable with the safety precautions in place, and they say virtual learning has been going about as well as they could have hoped.

A kindergarten teacher we spoke with said her smaller class sizes have helped her give individual students more attention, and returning to in person gives her the chance to focus on teaching fine motor skills and other things that you just can’t do through a screen.

We also talked with middle and high school teachers, who choose to look at virtual learning optimistically, saying it helps train those older students to be more self-reliant.

“If they are on their remote days,” said Dunbar Middle School teacher Danielle Brown, “if they don’t speak up, then we try all we can to try and plug holes that we know are common mistakes, but they’re learning a lot of how to speak up for themselves, and I think that’s helping with their responsibility.”

“This really has put them, real life, in a scenario of setting them up to practice and getting ready for college,” said Kelly Edwards, an AP Biology teacher at Heritage High School, “and the way that this idea of self responsibility and having to keep up and self motivate.”

They say the biggest issue for both students and teachers is time management and balancing the demands of both in person and online learning.

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