Author: Shayla Ewing

Shayla Ewing is an English and drama teacher at Pekin Community High School in Pekin, Illinois and a 2019-20 Teach Plus Illinois Policy Fellow.
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Rebuilding Classroom Communities Means Getting Connected in Every Way Possible

This is what my classroom looks like now: Twenty video squares light up my screen, Brady Bunch style. Each vignette holds a teenage student, encapsulated in their own world. One strokes a golden retriever, one lounges in pink-spotted pajamas, another chases a little brother out of frame.  At the end of our meeting time, the girl in the pink pajamas…