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Eau Claire math teacher turns sunroom into a virtual classroom

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Wisconsin schools are closed indefinitely, but that doesn't mean class is out of session for a local math teacher.

Derek Olson normally teaches A.P. Calculus at Memorial High School. With the building closed, he's turned his sunroom at home into a virtual classroom.

The Eau Claire School District provided Olson with a camera, tripod, and laptop.

And the white board you see him writing on?

Derek Olson, a Memorial High School math teacher, recording a calculus lesson for his students.

Usually it's for his two kids to doodle on, but now it's a teaching tool for his calculus and pre-calculus lessons.

Olson uploads his videos to the school's virtual platform where students can watch the lessons and download assignments.

"It's so weird because I feel like all of a sudden I have a different job," said Olson. "I really feel comfortable in my classroom and I feel comfortable having lots of interactions with the kids every day, and I love having that opportunity. And now all of a sudden, it just has a lot of unique challenges that are things that I never thought I'd have to deal with or work through, but I'm working through it."

Olson says other teachers are trying to find creative ways to educate their kids, too.

Ultimately, he hopes to get back in the classroom and back to a sense of normalcy as soon as possible.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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