Pandemic Pedagogy: Snapshots from a Year of COVID-Impacted Teaching in Three Artifacts


  • Sharon Green Davidson College


This article describes my experiences navigating the terrain of pandemic pedagogy in the 2020–21 academic year. I examine three artifacts derived from classroom instructional materials to excavate and preserve that year's emotional, intellectual, and creative labour. These artifacts reveal strategies I developed to make students' experiences of the pandemic the site of critical and creative inquiry. This essay argues that validation of the grief and loss students were experiencing became critical to successful teaching, especially for those in the performing arts.

Author Biography

Sharon Green, Davidson College

Sharon L. Green is professor of Theatre at Davidson College. Her research and teaching interests include community-based performance, politically-engaged theatrical practices, feminist performance criticism, contemporary American female playwrights, documentary performance and Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. Her scholarly work has been published in Theatre Topics, Theatre Journal, Theater, Journal of Women’s History, Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, Journal of Dramatic Theatre and Criticism, and American Theatre.