b'Roger Velasquez, health and physical education teacherAt Cole Manor Elementary School, Roger Velasquez said the hardest thing about online teaching sometimes was just keeping students on track. When kids dont turn on their camera, its frustrating. We Illustration by Makayla Vargas, fifth grade,spend a lot of time preparing, William Cramp Fit Flyer and when it seems like no-body is there, it can feel like it was for nothing.virtual classrooms. Students turned their homesBut he said teaching online comes with some into classrooms.benefits: No traffic to commute through, no noisy Later in the year, some students returned to the cafeteria and assemblies. Hes been able to learn St. Veronica building to participate in a hybridhow to use technology that he didnt before. Its model that combined some days in school withrewarding because Ive learned new technology learning via computer at home.and Ive seen some students succeed online, he While it has not been easy, Mrs. Muller said goodsaid. Plus, online, theres no sitting in the back of things have come from virtual learning. Eventhe classroom. kindergarten students now know the meaning ofIn general, he said, I might be one of the few words like mute, virtual, and even asynchronous.people who experience less stress in this situa-She said she is grateful to work with such antion. I dont know exactly why, but I feel like maybe amazing community of people, adding, We are Im not traveling back and forthso I think I have all in this together. more time in the day to plan and relax.By Healthy Hero staffHis solution when he does get stressed? Think St. Veronica Catholic School happy thoughts. And for students? Break up assign-52'