Champaign Special Education Teacher explains how she’s adapting to the pandemic | Top Stories

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) – One special education teacher in Champaign loves her job, and this pandemic has made her realize why. 

Katie Smith teaches at Barkstall Elementary School. As a special education teacher, she loves making her students feel just like everyone else. 

“My favorite part of being a special ed teacher is working with students who have either internalized or been told, directly or indirectly that they are somehow less than, and showing them that with hard work, and with the right teaching strategies they can learn,” Smith told WAND News.

But the pandemic brought challenges to her teaching. Smith, along with her students, had to get over the technology curve. “I had never zoomed, I have never made a Google slide assignment, ” said Smith. “I had never had to describe to students in action I want them to do without them having visual cues.”

But this only

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Deaf students in Oregon adapting to online learning

This fall start was different not only because of distance learning, but also because of the wildfires. Students are learning online, scattered over 20 counties.

SALEM, Ore — Distance learning has been a challenge for students all over and it’s no exception for kids who are deaf or hard of hearing.

We checked in with the Oregon School for the Deaf to see how they’re dealing with online learning in their second official week of school. The director of the school, Sharla Jones, said she and her staff are coping the best they can.

“Our staff are scattered around 10 counties and our students cover 20 counties,” said Jones.

Last week was the first week of school for the 120 students who attend. This fall start was different not only because of distance learning, but also because of the wildfires. Jones said there are a handful of students who are

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