We are living in unprecedented modern times. A pandemic that spread across the globe has turned life as we knew it upside down, including education. Students are participating in distance learning and teachers are finding new and creative ways to teach. Shepaug Valley School art teacher Linda McMillan is among the local teachers who has brought a twist into the district\u2019s now-virtual classroom. \u201cThis is such an historical moment that I wanted the kids to be able to document it,\u201d said McMillan, who teaches three photography classes at the Washington school. For a recent assignment, she tasked students to document life during a pandemic - using just a camera. The only requirement: the photos be black and white. \u201cIt\u2019s been interesting,\u201d said junior Henry James of Roxbury of life during a global pandemic. \u201cIn history we study old pandemics\u2026and now we realize we are living through a pandemic and its affect on everyone is going to be remembered.\u201d \u201cI thought the assignment was very cool,\u201d said junior Katherine Hodge of Roxbury. \u201cI thought it was very good to be able to do something that documents this historical event.\u201d Before the students began their assignment, McMillan said she discussed with students via Zoom classes the various ways people throughout history have documented life. She cited the photographs of, for example, Dorothea Lange, who photographed during the Great Depression, and present-day photographers in Lithuania and Italy who are capturing the images of today. \u201cI told them to go out and take pictures\u2026 to document their lives,\u201d the teacher related. \u201cTo take pics of everything that has changed\u2026just bringing home groceries has new meaning now.\u201d She reminded students to think about \u201cwhat\u2019s different now, what\u2019s changed and what they would want someone in 50 years to see when they look at the image.\u201d \u201cI was blown away when the first pictures came in,\u201d she said. \u201cThey were really rocking it.\u201d The students used their phones because they don\u2019t have access to the cameras at school. \u201cWe\u2019re documenting this history and I really enjoy finding ways to express how I\u2019m spending my time, feeling, and how I\u2019m taking precautions to protect myself from getting (the virus),\u201d Henry said of the assignment McMillan said students are also now working on another assignment that resemble the \u201cHumans of New York\u201d page on Facebook. Humans of New York is a photoblog of street portraits and interviews taken in New York City. Students have been asked to interview someone - either someone they are living with during the stay-at-home order, or another person via video chat - and document the interview. \u201cWe\u2019re going to keep coming back to this in as many ways as possible,\u201d McMillan said of incorporating the events of today into the curriculum. \u201cWe are still trying to complete curriculum, but change how we achieve it,\u201d she said. For more photographs, visit www.newmilfordspectrum.com.