A Modern Classroom, Taught From Home

Working from home may be the way of the future for many professions.

It helps cut down on overhead and office supply costs, team members can set their own hours easier and provides many other benefits compared to the more traditional brick-and-mortar, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. workplace.

But could a school really enable teachers to work from home during the school year? CJ thinks that kind of flexibility is crucial, and school leadership is working on a way to incorporate it into the curriculum.

“We are finding ways to allow our teachers to continue teaching while at home for an extended period of time, if needed,” said Steve Fuchs, assistant principal. “If one of our teachers needs to self-quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19, or if they need to stay home to take care of a child or other dependent family members, we wanted a way for them to continue to be able to teach and interact with students without missing a beat.”

So, what does teaching from home look like?

Well, it looks very similar to everyday studies, the teacher is just featured on the screen in lieu of being at the front of the classroom. Teachers initiate a Google Meet that’s projected onto the overhead projector, putting them in front of their class, virtually, where they can speak to and interact with students.

A substitute teacher functions as a teacher’s aide in the classroom to help oversee the students and facilitate class activities, as well as provide other general assistance to the teacher who is teaching from home and the students in the classroom.

CJ was granted their first opportunity to test out their teaching from home capabilities this past week in Mrs. Quinter’s classroom.

“It went super well,” Quinter said. “It really felt like a normal school day, the students just saw me on the screen rather than in front of them. We had a few classroom activities planned and we were still able to interact and learn while I was at home. I really enjoyed it.”

Innovations like the teach from home program enable CJ to continue providing students with a mission-driven, Catholic education all while adjusting to new technology and working more flexibility into the day-to-day operations of the school.