#LionsLive! Our Community Connects in Extraordinary Ways
Written by Chelle Wabrek, Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs
Over the last two days I have been able to "drop in" to over 20 classrooms and I am in awe of the way students, families and teachers have risen to the occasion. I found teachers.....
Setting expectations, "No Halloween masks in class." (really!)
doing one word "check ins" on the chat
dancing along to a music video
doing one-on-one conferencing with students
drawing the solutions to math problems
creating "meet" spaces for small group work
setting timers to mark return times
doing a physical warm up to get brains in gear
walking students through pacing guides for optimal challenge
eliciting music request for the "smooth" class playlist and the "energizing" class playlist
diving into impromptu department meetings
assigning specific roles to individual students in the whole class "meet"
using memes for "Lovett Laughs" at the start of class
showing video they have made of themselves (Lower School teachers, WOW!) to afford asynchronous learning
pointing out clear "wayfinding" on the bulletin board in MyLion
troubleshooting tech issues with confidence
I have seen students…..
exercising with their PE teacher
answering aloud to a teacher’s videotaped (asynchronous) lesson
presenting research to the class
collaborating with a partner in a Google Meet to complete a data assignment in a Google Sheet
making math manipulatives out of elbow noodles
taking a virtual walk with an advisory
attending virtual class outside
recording themselves read picture books to be “delivered” to Lower School students
The warmth and connectivity I saw was amazing and both families, students and teachers in all divisions have emailed to note that things are going remarkably well on their ends. One mom noted, "I had tears in my eyes seeing all of the Kindergarten teachers hold teddy bear buddies in their videos this morning!"
An email thread between a grade level team read:
Teacher 1: Hey team! I hope everyone is having a good first virtual learning day! Please know that if you need anything, let Ty or me know! Feel free to call or text me. Y'all are amazing and all rockstars!
Teacher 2: The kids were great. What a privilege to be invited into their world.
Teacher 3: I'm loving the kids that are popping into tutorial just to say hi and chat. One student wanted to show off her baby brother. They are so funny.
Teacher 4: When we return to school, I feel like we will have even closer relationships. So much opportunity for one on one and a greater glimpse into their lives...silver lining:)
We are so thankful to teachers who are prioritizing presence during these first virtual learning days and to families who are extending grace, helping structure their children’s days and exuding patience and care to us and each other.