Pandemic has forced teachers into new disciplines, routines

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Cassidy McLellan- Mustangs Ahead

LRHS English teacher Mike Wood is adjusting to his new job as a journalism teacher.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- COVID-19 has caused various changes to happen at the Ranch. Due to the numerous changes in staff assignments necessary to cover all classes and modalities, some teachers accepted subjects that were a little outside their familiar territory.

English teacher Michael Wood said, “This year I am teaching Journalism 1, a class I have never taught before. While it may seem like journalism and English would share many of the same features, journalism comes with a wide range of very specific formats of protocols that are not used in typical English.”

 As teachers are teaching new subjects, they have been spending more time studying and learning new material.

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Early childhood teacher Delany Riggins is one such teacher, “It has definitely been an adjustment as I now teach four different levels of early childhood in the same class period.”

Early childhood three Mustang junior Margarita Lopez said, “Before COVID-19 I was expecting to drive to Kiddy Academy and teach whereas now there is a lot more written work versus actual teaching.”

Most teachers are spending more time than ever developing their online curriculum and learning new technology.

Digital art design teacher Greg Klein said, “The biggest change for my classes is that there is no yearbook class this year so, for the yearbook staff and I had to make a club. By doing it as a club it means not all of the yearbook staff can work together or can only work on certain days.”