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Bryan High School librarian finding creative ways to keep students engaged virtually

Gavin Flint reenacts historical events virtually
Posted at 6:42 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 19:42:22-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — During the pandemic teachers have had to find ways to keep lessons fun and engaging through a screen. Bryan High School librarian Gavin Flint accepted that challenge and made it his own.

Flint is not only the school librarian but also a history buff who helps teacher Angela Ecabrt with her virtual history lessons.

"One of the misconceptions is that online learning is easier for teachers. But we have to actually put more work into it to make sure kids are engaged and learning and grasping that knowledge," Ecabrt said.

Not only does Flint know his history, he's been doing historical reenactments since he himself was in high school. His enthusiasm and passion for the subject is unmatched.

"For me history is alive and trying to just get that out to the kids to make them see the human side of it is like a big deal to me," Flint said.

Having students pay attention to a virtual lesson on trenches is not the easiest thing in the world. But with Flint's green table cloths, technology and costumes, he's able to keep students engaged and take them back in time.

"I really appreciate it. It makes my class more interesting," Ecabrt said.

Flint and Ecabrt say they have done the reenactments for classes before. But with the help of Flint's creativity, the two were able to continue the tradition even in a fully-remote learning environment.