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FWCS elementary students may get different teacher Monday

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) -- Thousands of Fort Wayne Community Schools elementary students could get a new teacher Monday -- about a month after the start of the school year.

The change follows a decision by administrators to end "shared teaching," in which educators tried to juggle online instruction for those learning from home with in-class lessons for on-campus students.

Surveys found that teachers endorsed the idea of focusing on just one type of teaching.

"I think that they're relieved," Lincoln Elementary School Principal Claire Paul said. "And I think that while there are some logistical pieces to work out, I think that they're excited about being able to devote their full attention to one group of students."

FWCS administrators say having a teacher in a school building dedicated to teaching remote learners will be able to provide more structure for those students.

One-third of the district's elementary students are remote learners this semester; the rest are in classrooms.

District spokesperson Krista Stockman said having a teacher focused just on those learning at home has benefits for both the teacher and student.

"When teachers are able to solely focus on remote learners, they're able to build out the day a little bit more structured and provide more support throughout the day than teachers who are working with their in-person kids and then shifting over for a little while to their remote kids," she said.

She says because of the more specialized curriculum, Fort Wayne Community magnet schools teachers will not split into purely in-person or remote learning education.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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