It’s been quite a week. Last Thursday, my entire school went remote. With fifteen minutes to pack, these first graders grabbed their books, writing folders, extra math manipulatives, a whiteboard, and headed out the door.
Oh, how I miss moments of listening to what the kids have to say. Online, I only get minutes when they unmute or short time in breakout rooms to hear each child’s thinking.
For a bit of support, I reached back to one of my mentors, Debbie Miller. As I read her words in What’s the Best that Could Happen, I figured out what I wanted to ask the children. Then I headed to SeeSaw to create a daily activity.
Now, each evening, I grab a cup of tea (or wine), and I read and respond to these posts. Sometimes kids videotape themselves and talk to me. Others write and draw pictures, and even others use the text-to-type feature. What I love is the variety and honesty in their answers:
- Drawings of Ruby Bridges and voices sharing their thoughts about her bravery.
- Random facts from texts they read independently on Razz Kids and Epic. “Mrs. Mulligan – Did you know that hippos have short legs?”
- Honest reflections explaining how hard it is to concentrate on their writing when working at home.
Oh, how I hope we will be back in the classroom soon. Until then, I’ll listen and respond as best I can through SeeSaw.