Learning Gained: Understanding & Knowledge Found During a Year of Teaching Pandemic School

Close to one year ago, on March 13, 2020, my school along with many others across the country closed our physical buildings. We spent the remainder of that spring figuring out how to both teach students from a distance and navigate life in a pandemic. I took the lessons learned from that spring and paired … Continue reading Learning Gained: Understanding & Knowledge Found During a Year of Teaching Pandemic School

Getting Books in Their Hands from a Distance: It Takes a Vision & a Village

This past Friday, teachers, aides, my principal, our secretary, our custodians, a crew of parents, and community members came together to make sure our close to 400 distance learning students in kindergarten through fifth grade have access to physical books to read for the next few weeks. In 5th grade, our students even chose their … Continue reading Getting Books in Their Hands from a Distance: It Takes a Vision & a Village

15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #11 Get Books in Their Hands ASAP

Friday, March 13, 20207:30 - My grade level team and I met in one of our classrooms for our usual early morning chat. "Think today will be the day?" We knew it was only a matter of time before our school district would make the call to close schools. "I don't know. I don't know … Continue reading 15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #11 Get Books in Their Hands ASAP