Mentors highlight practices used in a “normal” year, “so they will know next year, or later in the year hopefully, what is good practice still without being able to do that,” Smith said.
Good practice had Holman blending a video and some of his personal experience into a review for an upcoming test in an environmental science class.
Students drew praise from Holman for knowing the biggest volcanic belt in the world is the ring of fire, an area Holman visited while traveling in Asia, before moving into a discussion of different volcanic land forms.
Holman and Shanti Bowen co-teach the class, working together with the regular and special education students.
“He’s doing good,” Bowen said. “Nothing’s really stopped him. He’s here for the kids.”
Quarantined for two weeks in October due to a possible exposure to COVID-19 meant another new experience for Holman, who continued to teach from home with help from Bowen and co-teacher Austin Schlueter in two other classes.
“If remote teaching is ever the current plan, I’ll already know a few things that don’t work because of my experiences in quarantine,” Holman said.
“This is a different situation than what most teachers are used to starting off with,” he said. “The veteran teachers, it’s been difficult for them as well, but their experience has been invaluable for instruction of students.”