With half their faces covered, mask-wearing teachers innovate to communicate with students

One holds up a smiley face. Another crinkles her eyes extra squinty to show she’s grinning. A third goes for “expressive” eyes.The eyes are all they’ve got, but the lack of full facial expression certainly poses a challenge for teachers, especially when teaching students whose hearing is impaired, or whose first language is not English.As students return to in-class learning, the challenges of communication using only half of one’s face highlights the degree to which facial cues, in addition to spoken words, are key to understanding what someone is saying.The eyes and mouth are the most expres…

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