Every day students arrive in our classroom Zoom meetings happy and ready to learn. “Can I tell you something, Ms. Jenna?” “Yes, you can!” The same conversations I had with my class at CMS, I am having at home. Despite the distance, I feel even more connected and proud of our students’ daily accomplishments.
The children have quickly adapted to new technologies and support from both parents and teachers. They are learning to listen and to respond to each other virtually. Students are navigating new applications and websites. They are learning! Learning important skills for participating in our society.
In our class, students present research and projects they have completed during the week. Here are a few big works students have recently shared: The History of Origami, Alcatraz, and Halloween. Vikings, Ancient Greece, and World War II, Wolves, Red Pandas, Koalas, Blue Jays, Black Holes, Ramadan, and States of Matter Experiments. The list goes on!
Students are reading reports they have typed on the computer for the first time, they are creating PowerPoint presentations, they are making videos, and they are sharing screens. It is amazing! After a student presents, the class takes turns muting and unmuting to compliment and support the work their peers have shared. We have formed a supportive classroom community online, and I am reminded daily how curious and adaptable children are. They are natural learners.
We need to listen to our children. Observe and follow. See all the amazing work they are doing. It is happening. Thank you, families, for creating this powerful partnership. We are all in this together.
Jenna Hill, Lower Elementary Guide