With thousands of students learning remotely during the novel coronavirus pandemic, many parents are concerned that their kids will fall behind academically. Thankfully, educators like Mackenzie Adams of Lake Stevens, Washington, are around to keep that from happening!
Mackenzie is a kindergarten teacher whose students are now 100 percent remote. She’s been leading online lessons for a few weeks now and wanted to see what she looks like to her little ones, so she recorded a one-minute clip of herself teaching a math lesson. She posted it online, and everyone has been delighted to see her energy, enthusiasm, and kindness — not to mention the interactive nature of her class!
Using exaggerated facial expressions and a clear, level speaking voice, Mackenzie calls on each student by name and even holds up a special sign to remind them to turn on their microphone when they’re answering a question.
Over 9 million people have seen the sweet video, and her infectious good mood and enthusiasm are comforting anxious parents around the world! Even stars (and moms) like Chrissy Teigen and Elizabeth Banks have shared the clip to spread encouragement and appreciation for teachers everywhere.
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“It’s challenging, definitely, but I would say that we’re getting there, we’re making it through,” Mackenzie said. “It’s a whole new world going from a classroom to everything online.”
Now that she’s gone viral, Mackenzie’s only thought is for her fellow educators. “I’ve been reading all the nice comments and I’m really hoping that teachers are getting the recognition that they deserve right now,” she said.
See her in action in the video below, and share this story to show some extra love to every hardworking teacher out there.
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