Adjusting to the Situation
With schools across the nation currently closed, teachers have found some inventive ways to educate their students. A lot of them have relied on video-calling software like Zoom to keep things going, as well as maintaining contact through email. That’s what Chris Waba, a sixth-grade math teacher has been doing in South Dakota. Unfortunately, as helpful as these methods may be, they’re not always the best when it comes to teaching algebra.
Making a House Call
One of Waba’s students, Rylee Anderson, found it particularly difficult to learn this way. There was only so much that emailing her teacher could do, which is why the man found an inventive solution to help her out. He grabbed a whiteboard and took it to Rylee’s house, where he stood on her front porch and talked his student through the problem. This way, the teacher could continue abiding by social distancing rules while still helping with the girl’s education.
An Inspiration to All
Anderson’s parents were understandably surprised when they came home to find Waba on their porch. However, when the situation was explained to them, they were incredibly grateful to the man for caring so deeply about their daughter’s education. Many other people were equally delighted by Chris’ passion for teaching when a photo of his impromptu lesson went online. This is the kind of commitment that parents want to see from their children’s schools.
As long as there are people like Waba in the world, our kids are in safe hands during these trying times.