This week our focus for new lessons has been on using Pear Deck to present math concepts. Pear Deck is an add-on for Google Slides that increases student engagement by allowing students to write, type and draw as concepts are introduced. It allows me to see their responses real time and give quick feedback.
I wasn't sure what to expect at Grovecenter today. It was nice to see colleagues in person but even more encouraging to see so many students with big smiles, creative posters and very kind words driving by the parking lot. The thank you cards and gifts were a blessing.
Some day we will look back at this crazy time and remember all the new tools we used for distance learning. However, it will never be a complete substitute for learning in-person together. What a great day!
Today, we started a Mystery Science bridge building lesson (distance learning style). We watched the video during our daily Google Meet, discussed designs in the chat, created prototypes and started building bridges out of paper. Students are inserting pictures of their bridges into a Google Slides presentation and retooling/retesting designs. So far, Mia was able to build a bridge, made with only two pieces of paper, that can hold over 700 pennies! The competition continues next week. My little engineering scholars are amazing!
Third Grade Teacher