I am sure every teacher worldwide could have ever imagined a global pandemic would occur that would force school closures throughout the world. I am sure everyone had a different experience, but I utilized Google Classroom and had Google Meetings. Some may have positive or negative opinions on Google Classroom, but that is what I have used since I began my career and I have not had any issues with it. I am sure there are other useful tools to use, but this is what I am familiar with. This was beneficial for the students who had technology at home, but the majority of my students did not have the luxury of having Wi-Fi or technology at home. Some schools were able to provide technology for students who did not have any, but unfortunately, we were unable to where I teach. Whenever we had positive cases within our school or classroom, we had to hand deliver homework packages to students homes. Although this is not ideal, we made the most of the resources we had available. In order to break down how to do assignments to students who did not have technology at home, I called their residence daily to track progress and to inquire if there were any questions. However, many of the homes did not have a phone, or it was not in service. There were times throughout the year where I felt I was failing my students because I was unable to educate them the way I would have done so within the classroom. After reflecting on this on numerous occasions, I came to the conclusion that the times we are living in are not ideal, and all educators and students are adjusting to this strange situation daily.
In 1873, education began to evolve so students were able to learn at home, rather than in a classroom setting (Caruth & Caruth, 2013). This was discussed in the presentation on Monday, and it makes sense that this needed to be incorporated because many children were forced to work on the farm to help support their families. As I look back on my own education experience, I realize that I have taken online courses over a decade ago and I never had a problem with it. There have been numerous times throughout the pandemic where I wished I could have taken a class in-person because there are less distractions around, you are going somewhere for a purpose, and the people you live with do not need to be walking on eggshells because you are in class. However, it is what it is, and I am fortunate to have the privilege of owning a laptop and having Wi-Fi to further my education.