Keeping students engaged is challenging enough in the classroom. But with schools moving to online-only classes because of the pandemic, it can prove next to impossible.
Jonte Lee is a chemistry and physics teacher at Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. He’s also among the many who have had to adapt to virtual teaching. That said, the man has a gift for spreading his passion for learning to teenagers — even when they aren’t in the same room.
It’s so important to Jonte to give his students a good education, even in quarantine. He also wants to support them during these trying times. So, he transformed his kitchen into a chemistry lab “for the love of my students.”
From home, Jonte has been streaming fun experiments and demonstrations via Instagram Live — and the kids love it! Not only are they actively participating, but they’re enjoying the lessons. And that’s all any teacher could ask for.
“I have gotten 100% participation from my students. They complete the work, they ask questions,” Jonte told GMA. “They don’t just come with their brain – they come with their hearts, their personalities. And that helps form a great student teacher relationship. If that’s strong, I can push them forward academically.”
Videos of Jonte’s experiments have since gone viral, making headlines and even leading to an interview with Good Morning America! When the show heard how much Jonte missed his students, they surprised him with sweet messages from the teens.
One student, Nadine, said, “Hi Mr. Lee! I miss you so much. You’re my favorite teacher because you’re always coming up with new ways to engage students – from group projects, to games, and even snacks – I appreciate all that you do. Thank you.”
What a wonderful teacher! It’s obvious Jonte pours his heart into everything he does, in and out of the classroom. His students are lucky to have him!
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