I had the perfect first grade Hebrew class.  Everything ran smoothly.  As the students trickled into class on Sunday mornings, they played together quietly with clay, puzzles, and games.  We transitioned into a morning meeting for attendance and letter review. Then they worked on their Let’s Discover the Alef Bet packets and did related crafts and worksheets.  Before I knew it, it was time to send my happy students home.

What, you don’t believe me? 

OK, so there were a few “key players”.  One in particular, in fact.  He seldom participated in activities and didn’t gel with any of the other students. He rarely smiled. He said inappropriate things to his classmates.

And then there was a pandemic.   We quickly pivoted to a zoom-only class in late March.  And the smile on my key player’s face!  He loved it!  He interacted with me and all his classmates.  He was adept at using his c

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