Silence – teachers usually appreciate them very much in their classes. But for a few days now it has been almost uncomfortably quiet in Paul Aurin’s classroom. Whispering in the back rows? There is not any. Footsteps in the hallway, noise from the schoolyard? Neither is it.
Aurin teaches mathematics and computer science at the Marie Curie High School in Hohen Neuendorf in Brandenburg, even today, when schools are closed all over the country. The Marie Curie High School is no exception, its students are at home. But it is not the teacher.
Instead of seventh graders, Aurin stands in front of a tablet PC with a webcam and talks, among other things, about binomial formulas. His audience no longer sits in front of his desk, but at his desk, on the sofa or in bed.
In order to slow the spread of the corona virus, all federal states have decided to suspend face-to-face classes at schools, usually until Easter, or maybe longer.
No “corona vacation”
While others are happy about “Corona Holidays”, all 753 pupils of the Marie-Curie-Gymnasium have to continue to attend classes – even if some of them may still be wearing pajamas. The school has moved its teaching operations to digital.