Coatesville Students Show Resiliency, Meet the Challenges to Learning in a Pandemic

Veronica "Ronnie" Rainer is a fifth-grade teacher at Caln Elementary School.

While the past year presented a number of challenges for the Coatesville Area School District, its students were able to quickly adapt to their new modes of learning, writes Lucas Rodgers for the Daily Local News.

“With kindergarten students, it’s amazing to see five- and six-year-olds logging onto Zoom, going onto the campus website, and submitting daily homework videos,” said Jennifer Chrisman, a kindergarten teacher at Rainbow Elementary School.

The change was especially embraced by some more introverted students, who became really engaged with remote learning.

“Students who were quiet in the classroom, they ran off with (Zoom), they loved it,” said Veronica “Ronnie” Rainer, a fifth-grade teacher at Caln Elementary School.

Another positive is the technology skills students have learned over the past 12 months and how they will be invaluable for the future. Teachers have also benefited from this, many of them becoming tech-savvy over the past year.

As a bonus, Zoom allowed teachers to get a glimpse into students’ lives and vice versa.

Read more about the impact of the pandemic on education in the Daily Local News here.