Thursday, September 3rd 2020, 6:22 pm
By: Amelia Mugavero
TULSA, Okla. –
Classes are in session for the Tulsa Public Schools Virtual Academy, which means the computer has become the classroom.
For teacher C.C. Lawhon, that means holding class inside her home, with her parrot down the hall.
On Thursday, Lawhon met with her new students over Zoom so they can introduce themselves and ask her questions.
“I have a parrot and she likes to join the zooms and that can get a little crazy because she doesn’t stay on topic very well,” said Lawhon
Lawhon said students will eventually be required to submit assignments daily, which will count as their attendance, She said this week isn’t about equations or essays, but about navigating this new virtual platform.
“It actually is a positive because it puts us on a level playing field,” Lawton said. “We are so used to knowing everything and coming out the students with all her wisdom and knowledge, and this is a chance for them to see us modeling learning.”
Lawhon said it’s an adjustment, but already sees her students excelling.
“These kids are taking initiative technologically that they weren’t taking it in the classroom,” Lawhon said. “Most kids wouldn’t stand up in front of their peers and say something pro-teacher not a middle school and they do here.”
Lawhon said taking extra time to learn the tech and get comfortable will pay off in the long-run. She said next week her class will start diving into their curriculum.