My students have reached the final years of their K-12 learning experience. As high schoolers, my students are preparing themselves for life after they leave the small confines of my room, the school, our community. I teach students how to effectively communicate with one another, whether that is in a globally-connected post on social media, on a website, in essays, resumes, emails, etc..., and in conversations. My students come from a variety of backgrounds and will need an even wider variety of communication skills to be independent in the future.
Given the collaborative world we all live in and that students need to be prepared for, communities of learners are more engaged and more prepared for their futures.
In order to help students develop the skills they need to contribute to society, jobs, families, and communities, they need support in all areas of their development.
This school year requires that we be flexible and that we have an arsenal of age and content appropriate curriculum for our students no matter where student learning will take place. It's daunting to plan for quarantine, for the possibility of sickness or for the unfortunate likelihood someone in our family may get COVID-19.
It's helpful to have the options of pre-made curriculum that subs can give to students, and we especially need lessons that serve remote learners as well as in-person learners.
While I normally prefer a hands-on approach, this year requires more of us.
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