2nd grade teacher, Shaylyn Hansen, missed her students so much...... SHE SHRUNK HERSELF, then sent herself home to her students, and now they're stuck with her. They've been asked to include her in some of their daily adventures.
Ms. Taggart at Mountain Point Elementary has enlisted Scott the Super Scientist to help her 2nd graders learn about science. Each day he does a new science experiment for her kids. They learn scientific vocabulary and are able to make predictions and ask questions as they watch him conduct the experiment. One day Ms. Taggart didn't assign a science lesson, and all of her students wanted to know where Scott the Super Scientist was. They were so engaged, they were the ones asking for more! Check out one of her Nearpods on matter below:
"My advice for teachers taking the digital leap is to KEEP IT SIMPLE. The problems we are running into is parents not reading the directions and struggling with too many logins. So, we have uploaded lots of resources and videos and things they can just click and watch without logging in. There are so many free programs right now, but they all require a login that we haven't really taken advantage of them.
The other thing is to BE REALISTIC about the things we can control, we can check in and support our parents, but the reality is we can't make them do it or not do the work for the kids. So we just try to put up a few activities for each day. Keeping in mind that 1) we are half day (Kindergarten) so no more than an hour's worth of stuff total, 2) parents are still working and doing online stuff with multiple kids. We want to be the class that gives them the least amount of stress!!"
-Amy Vodeboncoeuer, Midas Creek Elementary
Nearpod is a district supported resource for online teaching. Every teacher in Jordan School District has a district account, which means they have access to all of the latest features like audio recording and all of the lessons that have already been created by other professionals in the "Nearpod Lesson Library". Check with your digital specialist if you are unable to access your district Nearpod account. In the meantime, look at these examples, made by teachers in our district, of how Nearpod can be used for your literacy instruction.
Ashley Alvey, a first grade teacher, continues to differentiate lessons to her students even outside of the physical classroom. She continues small-group instruction by filming herself teach an appropriate phonics lesson for each group. It just takes a little bit of effort on her end to make sure her students are still getting what they need. Check out her video below:
We know the whole concept of online teaching and learning has been challenging for a lot of teachers, parents, and students. However, this kindergarten teacher at Ridge View Elementary has quite the game plan for a virtual classroom using one of the district supported resources, Canvas. Who would have thought that we could use Canvas in Kindergarten? Devionare Howland has figured it out! Check out her video, A Day in My Virtual Classroom: