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Building Community Between Cohorts

October 13, 2020 | Elizabeth Rachuri

There are many challenges of hybrid learning, as we’ve all seen!  One aspect that has been on my mind from the beginning is: How can I build community between both of my cohorts?  How can we feel like one class when some students never get to see each other in person?

We’re starting the year with a partner writing project.  Students are writing about their partner to answer the question, “Which character from The Tale of Despereaux does my partner most resemble?”  In order to bridge the gap between cohorts, I’ve partnered students from the Monday/Tuesday group with those from the Thursday/Friday group.

Students are interviewing each other over video chat to learn new things about a classmate.  I’ve been listening in on conversations.  I’ve heard about brave acts and mischievous siblings, among other things!

Check out some images from the classroom side of the video chats.




Elizabeth Rachuri

Teacher, Grade 5

Elizabeth Rachuri has always wanted to be a teacher. She began her career as a five-year-old girl creating and grading tests for her friends. She refined her skills in college as she studied, among other things, how to help struggling readers. Mrs. Rachuri spent a semester in Guanajuato, Mexico, studying Spanish and eating pan dulce. After college, she traveled to Puerto Rico to teach at the Christian School and Chapel for the Deaf. There, she learned American Sign Language and how to kill poisonous centipedes.

Finally, Mrs. Rachuri arrived at Mustard Seed School. Since that time, she has been teaching in the middle school. Her favorite part about teaching at Mustard Seed is leading worship. She loves to tell stories and get people to think deeply about God.

When she’s not teaching, traveling, or learning new languages, Mrs. Rachuri loves to draw portraits, sew, and (believe it or not) clean her house. But her new favorite pastime is singing and dancing with her daughter!

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