The Monthly Dose #3

She Maps Team
27 Mar 2020
Shonda Rhimes gives a shout out to teachers for their hard work

This month our Monthly Dose looks a little different. Because, well, things are a little different. Here’s a roundup of the best COVID-19 realities for teachers.


1. Relationships feel more important than worksheets sometimes

When you go from seeing your students day-in, day-out, sometimes that school roll attendance over video where you actually get to lay eyes on your students feels more important than an assignment.


Somehow Zoom’s 10 page guide to using their video software for education seems not so bad.

2. Virtual backgrounds are the teaching gift we never knew we needed

Didn’t tidy? No problems. Go bold like this professor:

Or for something a little less distracting and a little more on-brand, a STEM-themed background is just the ticket:

drone flying around a crater
the view from the window of the International Space Station

3. Teaching students also means helping parents stay sane

“I have gone through five boxes of Thin Mints myself, and I’m out of Thin Mints now and I’m very upset about it. That’s been my quarantine.” — Supriya Kelkar, author and mother of three. This, from the brilliant article, Thanks to the coronavirus, my daughter now has America’s worst teacher, which also includes such gems as:

“I know that Satya’s teachers — Molly and Lex, those heroes — never yell, because she reminds me every day.”

Got more realities? Tweet @shemapsau with your #TeachingInTheTimeOfCorona moment and we'll add them in!

4. Staying sane is something teachers with kids can also relate to

If you are a teacher currently doing the triple threat: shifting your lessons online, teaching them, and homeschooling your own kids — we take our hats off to you.

5. The teacher appreciation is going strong across the board

Coronavirus takeaway: Parents really like sending their kids to school.

When the creator and producer of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal says you should earn a billion dollars, you’re doing something right:

And people want to make it last:

Which is important because —

6. Inequalities are more obvious than ever

For kids with learning difficulties, learning English as a second language, or whose home situation isn’t a good learning environment, the inequalities in our education system are getting a light shone on them like never before.

In one rural county in California, 25% of homes lack any internet access, including smartphones, equating to over 73,600 households. 

When this happens in the fifth largest economy in the world, this isn’t an issue of wealth, it’s an issue of where that wealth goes.

This is a conversation you’ll see us continuing through our Impact Program work — the light needs to stay on it long after this pandemic is controlled. 

7. But for right now, we’re all just figuring out what kind of COVID-19 teacher we are

Got more realities? Tweet @shemapsau with your #TeachingInTheTimeOfCorona moment and we'll add them in!

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