Teacher Buys Bus, Takes Kids on Virtual Field Trips
John King, a sixth grade science teacher from Lowell, Massachusetts has figured out how to virtually teach his students in an area with low connectivity.
The internet signal where he lives is not good enough to video chat with his class, so he purchased a bus to use as a mobile office while he is unable to teach in-person classes.
“I can actually stand up and write on a white board or talk to the kids and teach my lessons instead of sitting in the car all day,” said John King.
King says he misses seeing his students in person.
“There is a lot of staring and looking at black boxes on Zoom,” said King.
He's making the most of remote learning, using the bus to hit the road for virtual field trips with his students. He's taken them to see the dinosaur foot prints, and has even driven to the beach at Cape Cod for a lesson he had on the ocean.
“It’s allowing me stuff that I normally couldn’t do,” said King.
Some of King's students aren't doing well with remote learning, so he's gone the extra step to work with them at their homes, socially distanced and outside, of course.
“He was here for a good two hours and my son got a lot of work done,” said parent Hiedi Kimemia. “It makes my heart very full. I appreciate it because my son is going to remember that."
King feels it's his duty to teach the kids in the best way he can, and he's willing to do whatever it takes to make an impact on them.
“If that’s what I have to do to help a kid get his work done then that’s what I’ll do,” said King.
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