Teacher uses Facebook to educate students during school closure


by Megan Schiffres

A student uses Leonardo da Vinci’s backwards writing technique to write “I want to go back to school.”

When schools closed last week in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, teachers, parents and students across the Northern Neck were shocked and dismayed.

The school closure presented a challenge to teachers, who are now in the process of converting their planned classwork into digital or take-home formats and to parents who are now in need of activities to occupy their children throughout the day.

I’ve just been grappling with that all last week and I just didn’t want to sit around and mope anymore about it, so I decided I was going to use my time to help others occupy their time, said Shauna McCranie, gifted and talented teacher at Northumberland public schools. “I know that we’re going to have to go to different platforms in learning and I just thought I would try Facebook Live and see how it would go.”

McCranie, an educator with 30 years of experience including 25 years as an art teacher, decided to use the art history class supplies she discovered in…

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