During online learning, most classes have adapted to zoom learning, it’s not too hard when you are just teaching an idea, like math, English, history, and science. With classes that teach skills, art, ceramics, guitar, band, teaching online is much harder. A lot of these classes are very hands-on, and without being in class most of the time, that makes their job of teaching much harder. Ms. Gray shed some light on how she is running her classes, specifically her ceramics class.
“We started off with a cardboard sculpture project to get the students comfortable working in 3D,” Ms. Gray said. A good idea to do physical projects at home using common materials.
With a subject where class time is extremely important, Ms. Gray had to find a way to optimize time in class working on the sculptures.
“They are doing everything but clay at home, and all clay all day while they are here,” Ms. Gray said.
Online learning also affects her ability to help kids with their art.
“Normally a student will be working in the same room with me and I can walk by and give them tips in the moment, it is hard to do that in the moment feedback over zoom,” said Ms. Gray.
Online learning definitely has not stopped art teachers’ ability to teach, but it has definitely been a setback for learning art and ceramics. Classes that are about making physical objects, ones that can only be made in the classroom, and the ability to give instant feedback have been slowed by COVID-19 preventative measures, but not halted.