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'The excruciating hour' and other adventures in online schooling for young kids


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Jane Roberts said she and her husband tag team to help their first-grade daughter with her school work. Ava misses having her friends to play with during recess.

When historians write the history of the coronavirus pandemic, they might want to add this description of online learning from Niwot Elementary School teacher Dale Peterson, who does Google Hangouts with his first graders.

"It's like if you go to a pet shop and let all the pets out of the cages and you spend the rest of the time trying to put them back in the cages," Peterson said. "I have 23 little boxes. One might have his feet in the air or his bottom in front of the camera, another is holding a cat for the camera, one kid is wandering off, one might be jumping on the bed. I've seen all...

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