April 1, 2020 | Ms. Jonker
Last week I asked the Adventurous cohort what they missed most about normal school days. They expressed a desire to be back in the normal structure and flow of the school day, and, of course, they mentioned Capture the Flag, but the resounding wish was to be back with friends and others their own ages.
The students miss joking with one another, chatting with one another, and working with one another.
Technology is amazing, but as you are all well aware, it’s a massive learning curve for everyone involved. Google Chat is no replacement for an actual conversation, and as helpful as “screen-sharing” is, it’s just not the same.
But these students are so resilient and so tech-y and really, from my perspective, very adaptable!
They’ve had morning meetings. This morning we even tried “breakout rooms” where the students go have a small group meeting and then re-join the large meeting.
They’ve used videos and video-chatting to respond and teach. Below is a snapshot of a video call during which Ashley taught me the meaning of the word “ambush.”
I am also impressed with their quickly-improving email skills! Ask your child about the email challenge I put to them at our Monday meeting this week.
We are staying positive and doing our best! And we are still working on our group photo-taking skills…