CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Mr. Russell’s Classroom debuted on QC This Morning on Monday. It was the first day back to school for many students for the 2020-2021 school year and the continuation of remote learning for other students. The teacher is Dedrick Russell. He is a co-host of QC at 3 on WBTV and has been a reporter with WBTV for nearly 17 years. Russell was a previous teacher and high school counselor for the Upward Bound program. WBTV created Mr. Russell’s Classroom to help students and parents embrace this new normal of remote learning.
In the first class, Mr. Russell got help from the community about setting up classroom space inside the home for students. Harold Dixon is President of the NC Parent Teacher Association.
“We need to make sure that the environment that the child is sitting in reflects that of a classroom,” NC PTA President Harold Dixon said. “Having pencil – a basket of pencils or books to make it look like a learning environment and to make sure that there is a limited conversation going on in the area of other family members or whoever may be in the house – to make sure the child is concentrating on what’s going on the computer screen ’cause it’s easier to get distracted.”
Mr. Russell also said to have snacks nearby so when it is time for students to take a break – students won’t have to go searching to find something to eat. Remote learning can be challenging and frustrating but educators want students and parents to embrace this learning space. They believe what is being done will send a strong message.
“We always know about those that come in first,” Charlotte – Mecklenburg Schools Family and Community Engagement Director Dr. Fahnie Shaw said. “So we know we will always remember, but learn from it. Those in life – all of this as adults tell you that those of us that know how to adapt to different things that happen in life are the ones that honestly come out winners in all aspects in life.”
Mr. Russell’s classroom also took students on a field trip to Washington, DC. He was at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial – the place of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr gave his “I Have a Dream” Speech to promote equality and to end racism. The March happened in 1963. About 250,000 people showed up for the March. On the 57th Anniversary of the March, thousands returned to address issues that are still happening. Researchers say King wasn’t going to tell people about the dream in this particular speech, but gospel singer Mahalia Jackson told King to tell people about his dream and he presented it.
Mr. Russell’s Classroom will take place on Monday and Wednesday on QC Mornings with a quiz on Fridays.
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