Moments from working at an midwestern elementary school during the pandemic:
"Fifth graders, please stop chatting in the chat box while I am talking."
A student putting together a digital collage on her own time. So far, it includes the northern lights and a dog floating in the foreground. "translosent drwagen", she searches. Not finding the image she is looking for, the search is amended: "translosent drwagen REAL"
A group of small girls. One of them throws some glitter from a concealed hand. "Okay, raise your hand if you believe in the magic trick I just did."
A teacher forgot to exit a video chat with his student. We watched as his face blanked out - in that I'm-doing-computer-work sort of way - and he started grading the work of other students while still sharing his screen.