Preschool Trainer Shares Challenges Of Carrying Masks Throughout Coronavirus Pandemic : NPR

It has been a yr since academics have been handed an unprecedented request: educate college students in solely new methods amid the backdrop of a pandemic. On this comedian collection, we'll illustrate one instructor's story every week from now till the tip of the college yr.

Previous Episodes

Maria Lemire, a preschool instructor within the East Village, New York Metropolis, on the challenges of early childhood schooling in the course of the pandemic.

Episode 3

"It's been really difficult. There has been so much uncertainty and loss. I lost my grandmother to COVID. I couldn't go see her. We all carry this weight."
"I'm still concerned about my safety, but I am really worried about having to wear a mask at school every day."
"See, I teach 2- and 3-year-olds, so oral language development is critical. Not only hearing the words, but seeing the words being made by the mouth ..."
"... and since we have to wear masks, that's just not happening for them."
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"... and since we have to wear masks, that's just not happening for them."

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"It's up to us as teachers to really e-nun-ci-ate and talk about what's going on under our mask. To show with our hands what our mouth is doing during a certain vowel or letter."
"And a huge part of this developmental stage is social-emotional learning — being able to read faces, express emotions and pay attention to other faces."
"We started using a mood meter so kids can look at their face in the mirror. They can think about which feeling resonates with them the most right now."
"Social distancing doesn't really happen at this age. They naturally want to share. We talk about our bodies sharing space."
They all get their own supplies, but some things are more communal — like books. We're trying not to say, "No sharing," but trying to let them know the spaces where they can.
"My students are resilient and they have adapted. When the days are tough, my students inspire me to keep showing up."

This comedian was tailored from interviews with the instructor performed by Eda Uzunlar and LA Johnson.

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