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10 videos from Colorado teachers showing hope, love, dance moves, and (lots of) dogs in the time of COVID

A screenshot from a video made by staff at Malley Drive Elementary School in Northglenn.
A screenshot from a video made by staff at Malley Drive Elementary School in Northglenn.

It can be hard to see silver linings and bright spots right now.

As one Denver teacher put it, “This is the weirdest thing ever. When I decided to become a teacher a few years ago, I could never even imagine, ‘Oh, you’re now responsible for teaching 27 kids, but you can’t see them in person, you can’t talk to them whenever you want, you don’t get to see them for eight hours a day.'”

But students are resilient. And teachers are creative.

They’re making videos full of hope, love, and tips for staying busy at home. They’re psyching up students for remote learning and inviting students into their living rooms to reassure them it’s all going to be OK.

And for students who ever wondered, “Does my teacher have a dog? And can that dog dance?” the answers are yes, and yes.

Here are 10 teacher-made videos (and too many dogs to count). At the end, we’ve included a moving video made by Aurora high school students to thank essential workers for keeping the community safe and running.

Northeast Elementary School, Parker

Jeffco Public Schools high school choral directors

Rangeview High School, Aurora

CEC Early College, Denver

Creighton Middle School, Lakewood

Skinner Middle School, Denver

Global Village Academy, Northglenn

DSST: Green Valley Ranch Middle School, Denver

Malley Drive Elementary School, Northglenn

Reeves Macdonald, Joe Shoemaker School, Denver

Video made by students from Aurora’s Smoky Hill High School in the Cherry Creek School District

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