With half their faces covered, mask-wearing teachers innovate to communicate with students

One holds up a smiley face. Another crinkles her eyes extra squinty to show she’s grinning. A third goes for “expressive” eyes.



FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2020 file photo, pre-school teacher Mikki Laugier wears a protective mask as she guides students in a lesson at P.S. 15, in the Red Hook neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Placing an order while wearing a mask and standing six feet away from the deli counter can be difficult during the coronavirus pandemic. Try teaching a class full of students who are deaf, hard of hearing or whose first language is not English. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)


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FILE – In this Sept. 2, 2020 file photo, pre-school teacher Mikki Laugier wears a protective mask as she guides students in a lesson at P.S. 15, in the Red Hook neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Placing an order while wearing a mask and standing six feet away from the deli counter can be difficult during the coronavirus pandemic. Try teaching a class full of students who are deaf, hard of hearing or whose first language is not English. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

The eyes are all they’ve got, but the lack of full facial expression certainly poses a challenge for teachers, especially when teaching students whose hearing is impaired, or whose first language is not English.

As students return to

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