Teacher shows how much energy she needs to keep students engaged in online learning: ‘The hardest job ever’

Teachers who were trained to educate in bustling classrooms are now being forced to adapt to virtual learning on the fly. 

A kindergarten teacher shared on TikTok how she is keeping her class of kindergarteners interested during video calls. Mackenzie posted a video highlighting her incorporation of visual cues into teaching on her TikTok account kenziiewenz. 

“My facial expressions trying to keep kindergarteners engaged in online learning,” she wrote in the video caption. 

In the clip, Mackenzie is teaching her class of 5-year-olds about the number four. 

“The number four,” Mackenzie announces, cheerfully holding up four fingers with one hand. 

“I see Brandon is holding up two and two. That will also make four,” she says with double peace signs. 

“I see four and zero,” she puts up four fingers with one hand and uses her fist to make a “0.” 

Mackenzie then asks the students what kind of pictures they see near the number four amd tells the students to raise their hands. 

“Grayson, go ahead and turn your microphone on for me,” she says. The teacher lifts up an illustration of a microphone to signify to the child to unmute. 

“What kind of picture do we see?” she taps her lip and opens her eyes wide to keep the students engaged by emoting. 

Even during some technical difficulties Mackenzie never stops smiling or encouraging her students with hand gestures and facial expressions. 

The educator’s video received 9.8 million views on TikTok. 

“I wish my high school teachers talked to me like this,” one user wrote. 

“The amount of patience in this video is astronomical,” someone added. 

“How do teachers not make like six figures? This has to be the hardest job ever,” another said. 

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