MIDALAND, Texas (Big 2 / Fox 24) – Midland ISD will start the new school year on Wednesday, but it will look very different for teachers and students since they won’t be in the classroom
” I think that’s just the big change is that everything that I used to do in person I’m having to figure out how I can make it happen through virtually,” said Tamberlyn Burrow, a teacher at Bush Elementary School.
Burrow has been a teacher for Midland ISD for 21 years. As she prepares her classroom for the start of a new school year, the first day will look a lot different for Burrow.
” I thought we were gonna at least come back to school blended you know where the kids would come actually to the school for like two days a week,” Burrow said. “But I’m okay with taking the extra precaution of us just being online.”
While Burrow may not be seeing any of her students in person for the first four weeks of school, she and her fellow teachers at Bush Elementary will still be working from their classrooms.
” It’s our new normal, granted I can’t teach in my PJ’s,” Burrow said. ” But it’s nice to be with the co-workers like our friends knowing that we’re not struggling by ourselves, and that way at least we get to teach from school.”
Out of Burrow’s 65 students, around 10 of them are enrolled in MISD’s online academy. Teaching all of her students virtually will remain the same for now.
” When I’m teaching the online kids I’m also teaching the ones who are at home,” Burrow said. “When we are teaching and we actually do have kids in the classroom, were just recording our lessons so that way the ones learning online can join.”
But even though Burrow would much rather teach her students in person,she said this experience has made her grateful.
“The way I see it, is when God takes you out of your comfort zone then that’s your time to grow,” Burrow said. “And boy, am I growing!”