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Students Can't Stay Away from School

Wayne Gottlieb, middle school teacher
Ithaca, New York
Student shown from neck down, wearing a jean jacket and backpack, carrying books

"I teach seventh-grade science at a middle school in Ithaca. When it was announced that school would close (March 13), I assumed that instruction would end. However, the administration decided that we should try remote instruction, but give no grades. Ha, I thought, we'll get about 10 kids taking part. Wrong! I've been holding Zoom sessions daily for my students and have hosted between 30 to 45 kids each time (out of my 87 students). Sometimes the conversation tends toward the absurd, but we also cover important science topics (cell structures, microorganisms and measuring in micrometers). So, there you go!"