It can be hard to see silver linings and bright spots right now.

As one Denver teacher put it, “This is the weirdest thing ever. When I decided to become a teacher a few years ago, I could never even imagine, ‘Oh, you’re now responsible for teaching 27 kids, but you can’t see them in person, you can’t talk to them whenever you want, you don’t get to see them for eight hours a day.'”

But students are resilient. And teachers are creative.

They’re making videos full of hope, love, and tips for staying busy at home. They’re psyching up students for remote learning and inviting students into their living rooms to reassure them it’s all going to be OK.

And for students who ever wondered, “Does my teacher have a dog? And can that dog dance?” the answers are yes, and yes.

Here are 10 teacher-made videos (and too many dogs to count). At the end, we’ve included a moving video made by Aurora high school students to thank essential workers for keeping the community safe and running.

🔗Northeast Elementary School, Parker

🔗Jeffco Public Schools high school choral directors

🔗Rangeview High School, Aurora

🔗CEC Early College, Denver

🔗Creighton Middle School, Lakewood

🔗Skinner Middle School, Denver

🔗Global Village Academy, Northglenn

🔗DSST: Green Valley Ranch Middle School, Denver

🔗Malley Drive Elementary School, Northglenn

🔗Reeves Macdonald, Joe Shoemaker School, Denver

🔗Video made by students from Aurora’s Smoky Hill High School in the Cherry Creek School District

Did your school, or your students, make a video you’d like to share? Email it to us at co.tips@chalkbeat.org