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Students learn how to learn online


AMMON, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)- Instead of filling the hallways, student are connecting in a different way.

Sarah Hendry a 3rd grade teacher at Falls Valley Elementary says,"We had a great turnout, we had almost our entire grade level on there about three quarters of our grade level which i think is awesome I think for our first meet."

When stay at home orders went into place Hendry and fellow 3rd grade teacher Melissa Grover went to work creating an online platform for classes.

They planned a mixture of hands on learning, reading, and presentations. For teachers keeping a normal day in the classroom consistent online was key.

Grover explained the planning process. She said, "I would say that we met quite a few times, a couple hours probably on Google meet to kind of talk about what we wanted the kids to know. Something simple for the first week."

Students will have a live lesson two days a week. The time and length is determined by grade level. For example, a first grade class meets for about 40 minutes each session.

For now, teachers are focusing on a week at a time and getting students adjusted to the new format. It's been a learning experience to say the least. But, keeping a normal school schedule gives students a sense of normalcy.

"There's always going to be technical difficulties as with my internet safety lesson. But, it just kind of the kids know how it goes and they just kind of roll with the punches. So, it was good," said Grover.

Online safety was one of the first day presentations. The occasional technical glitch or unmuted mic got their attention. But, when it was over, nobody wanted to go.

District 93 hopes to resume face-to-face instruction as soon as possible. Until then teachers are thinking of creative ways to learn, like baking and sidewalk chalk.

Until they can meet in person again, students will log on and join their peers for class.

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