Elm Street School’s Tony Maker talks teaching in 2021

by Praise Moore

Tony Maker, principal of Elm Street School, started teaching in 1989. When asked what the most challenging thing about teaching is, he replied, “If we could pretend the whole COVID situation didn’t exist, even in a normal classroom setting, the challenge with kids is to keep their attention,” says Maker. Those challenges are more pronounced today, especially, he says. There are so many things demanding student’s attention that having kids sit, listen, and discuss is difficult and according to Maker, even more difficult in an online classroom.

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