There was no college course that could have prepared Emily Merritt, rookie kindergarten teacher, for this situation.
Just how do you get through to a student who’s come to his online class in pajamas?
Merritt, who teaches at Amy Biehl Community School, knew at that moment this was not going to be a normal year for anyone — much less a first-year educator just a few months removed from college.
“You ask them, ‘Oh, are you sick?’ ” Merritt said. “ ‘No, I just don’t feel like getting out of bed.’ You’re like, where is that line? Do I tell them, ‘No, you have to get out of bed,’ or do I respect that they’re at their own home and I have to give them their space?
“That’s something I would have never considered before this.”
Such conundrums never cease in a COVID-19 teaching world that straddles a blurry line