School is in session at Swedesboro-Woolwich School District, but it looks a little different this year. From masks and shields to plexiglass barriers, teachers are still finding a way to do their job, even under the strangest circumstances during COVID-19.
As a school year like no other, teachers and staff are developing creative ways to teach and provide support for the academic and emotional needs of children returning to school, physically or virtually.
The district welcomed back students on Sept. 8, offering hybrid or distance learning models for socially distanced in-classroom and remote online computer teaching sessions.
“SWSD teachers are doing a great job creating small-group connections,” said superintendent Kristin O’ Neil. “If you’ve got teachers who deliver exciting content, they can deliver it face-to-face or remotely.”
Among the approaches being taken, Margaret Clifford School teacher Jessie Deopp is using a green screen to turn a lesson that transports her students to a virtual farm.
Kelly Woronicak, a teacher from Walter Hill School, is highlighting a student from her virtual classes each week. The student edits a google slide with information about themselves that then is posted on Woronicak’s Google Classroom for the whole class to see.
Walter Hill School teacher Kelly Pollitt is offering a “Homework Help” club twice a week with an ELA and a math teacher on hand to help. Students can join via Google Meets.
Maria Sohn, a technology teacher at Stratton, helped parents adjust to virtual learning through eight live training sessions in September. These sessions included how to navigate through Google Classroom, how to attach a file to Google Classroom, and how to use Google Meets for virtual instructional sessions.
Sohn also has a blog where she shares videos and tutorials for parents and guardians of students.
As it continues the in-person and hybrid learning model, the district reports it also is prepared to shift back to a complete remote learning model if health circumstances change across the state that impact the ability to implement the reopening plan.
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