Ryan Jones, a world history teacher at Watsonville High School in Santa Cruz County, and a teacher leader with the History and Civics Project at UC Santa Cruz, last taught his students in person more than two months ago.
The UCLA History-Geography Project’s (HGP) network of teachers is passionate about supporting students and each other during this unprecedented time in education. Daniel Diaz, director of the project, recently reached out to teachers to ask them to record reflections on what has worked in their virtual classrooms.
Ana Orozco’s Lynwood High School students had been feeling simultaneously overwhelmed and bored in the midst of quarantine and distance learning. She knows this because she has been checking in with them about their social, emotional, and mental health through regular class assignments that she designed to promote self-awareness
First year history teacher Lauren Piraro never imagined that her first year in the classroom would be cut short because of a global pandemic. Thrilled to have landed her “dream job because Gilroy is where [she] completed [her] K-12 education,” Piraro started her year with enthusiasm and a goal of making learning relevant for her Gilroy High School students.