Teaching in These Challenging Times

I wonder if you’ve seen the quote that’s going around these days, “Fred Rogers was the greatest teacher of all time…and he did it all virtually.” Well, it is a beautiful tribute to Fred, but I’d like to add a bit more caution and context to it.

What Fred was doing for a half-hour television program is very different from what teachers are expected to do with virtual learning. He certainly had a much bigger budget, staff, consultants and time to develop each script. I think Fred would also appreciate that many of you aren’t comfortable in front of the camera. He was much happier behind the scenes working the puppets in Make-Believe.

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