I never knew March 13, 2020, would be my last day with my seventh graders in our classroom. Our classroom had four walls, but students often tore down barriers and became so open to learning in new and authentic ways. Now we meet face to face, screen to screen, and it is our new normal.
Each day my students show up, again and again, for our Zoom meetings.
We meet to go over content, for discussions, for games such as Kahoot or "vocabulary jams." My students are still reading short stories and journaling, they are still engaging in our work, and for this, I am so very grateful. Beyond our Zoom classtime, I host "office hours" where students come and let me peek into their daily lives, show me their pets, try a new recipe, play their instrument, or just come tell me about their day. I truly value the responsibility I have been given to educate and guide these children during such a time as this.
I have multiple classes full of creative and artistic students. They are constantly creating movie trailers, mind maps, character trading cards, and more on a daily basis. I would love to have a printer for students to print their digital artwork or scanned work in COLOR.
However, now more than ever, as we engage in distance learning I would really like to be able to send mail.
I want students to have photos from our year together, awards or certificates, and some of their own work samples printed in color.
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