This is Not Normal: You Got This!

by Dr. Aiko Malynda Maurer, Director of Innovation, Incubation, and Development/CEO of CPDLF

On March 13, 2020, thousands of educators across the state of PA were suddenly thrust into a new normal of education - remote learning. While virtual learning is not a new concept and there are many educators and students who are and have been learning in the cyber world, the entire climate of education has been shifted. For some, they shifted quickly and adapted to this new normal of educating. For others, they are just hoping this all ends soon as every day is a struggle. For all, this new normal is hard, no doubt about it. If you are struggling or uncomfortable with everything that is going on, it's okay. Your feelings are normal and understandable. Keep trying and hang in there. You got this! If you are thriving despite all the changes and enjoying the opportunity to try something new, you are amazing! You got this!

  • For tips and tricks on teaching in a virtual environment, check out the blogs on the World of Learning Institute webpage. Phenomenal teachers teach foreign languages through virtual methods every day. If they can do this, you can do this!

  • If you are struggling in this new temporary normal of education, check out the resources for your emotional well-being on the Connects U! Website. You are not alone, you can do this!

  • Looking for resources to use for remote learning or need to learn about the tools to use with remote learning, check out

  • For some more encouragement for teachers, check out this video produced by Bored Teachers.

Regardless of your feelings and your situation, thank you for staying connected and doing your best to keep the learning going - virtually. You got this!

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