Resourceful teachers in Sarasota County show how to adapt

Earl Young - Education Foundation of Sarasota County Staff Member
Earl Young | Director of Operations & System Improvements

In scientific terms, adaptation is defined as an adjustment to environmental conditions, such as modification of an organism or its parts that make it more fit for existence.

To see adaptation taking place in real time, we need look no further than our classroom teachers.

In the past six months, we have witnessed an unparalleled demonstration of teachers’ creativity, finesse, skills, professionalism, resilience and resourcefulness.

We have seen firsthand teachers’ adaptability in the face of unexpected and abrupt change. Some of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County’s EducateSRQ teacher and classroom grants awarded last school year were still in progress in March when the pandemic forced school campus closures.

One teacher, who had planned to use grant-funded technology to share findings in the classroom, instead used a microscope to transfer images and send data to students online.

Another teacher, whose classroom gardening learning activity was interrupted, sent seeds home with students for them to monitor and record their observations, report back online, and send in journals. Continue Reading.