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In this interview, Anna Padgett focuses on what it means to teach in pandemic times, particularly in the transition between Zoom and in person learning (which happened about a month ago for the narrator). In particular, she explains a lot about what learning with/without touch, access to facial expressions, tactile exercises like growing plants, physical time together means for young children (4-5) and how folks in the classroom can come to know one another. Having just returned to the classroom and being able to draw and be together is thus a big and positive change. Anna also discusses the stress of upcoming layoffs (scheduled to happen the day after this interview takes place) at her school as well as other uncertainties in her life including her daughter changing schools, her living in temporary housing until her new apartment is ready, not knowing whether she will have this same job, and other aspects that make it hard to envision fall 2021 for her. She talks about what it would mean for higher powers to understand and value the work she does with young children and what they create together.
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