October 20, 2020 | Sam Martino
This year is unique compared to all others.
Students watch a worship video in their own classroom instead of going to the Community Room. Music, Spanish, and art are all taught remotely. Classes don’t gather at the park. And most curiously, not all students are present in classes.
Each 3rd grade class has several students who are remote learning. This means that they attend classes by logging into a zoom meeting instead of being physically present in the classroom.
Students have been quick to adjust to these changes. Remote students are learning to advocate for themselves and adapt their home resources to fit the lesson plan. Live students are adjusting to hearing and seeing classmates in a new way. This new approach to learning presents new challenges to the classroom, especially when you consider that this year’s theme is “connection.”
Despite the distance, teachers and students alike are finding ways to connect live and remote learning.
Each day remote students log on to a zoom meeting for their class. Teachers let these students into the meeting right when the live morning meeting is happening. Remote students are able to see the morning message, greet and be greeted by classmates, and hear about the day.
Beginning this week live students will start to use computers in the classroom. Each class is equipped with 3 extra student computers. They are learning how to log into Clever and Seesaw, as well as get into the class zoom meeting. Being in the class zoom meetings enables teachers to pair live and remote students in breakout rooms.
Breakout rooms allow remote students to make a one on one connection with a student in the classroom. Students are able to play games, work in small groups, and have lunch together this way.
As we go through the year we will look for new ways to build connection within the classrooms.