We invite everyone to share their own photos of at-home learning using the hashtag #LindenLearnsAtHome so we can stay in touch with one another and show our community that Linden Public Schools are surviving and thriving in the face of this new challenge.

SAMPLING OF #LINDENLEARNSATHOME PHOTOS

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Below you will find short vignettes about how our staff and students are overcoming the hurdles of at-home learning.

MARCH 20, 2020

staff posing in lobby staff member and student bumping elbows

 

We had amazing turnout on Thursday by parents and students picking up their iPads at the elementary schools. Only a few iPads were left! For anyone who didn’t get their device, Friday will be the last day for pickup. There will be no one at the schools next week.

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student working with soil outside 

School No. 9 fourth-graders took science lessons outside. This is from teacher Aubrey Dollard: “Yesterday I added a supplemental challenge to the Day 3 science lesson.  Students  were asked to think about what they learned about soil in their text.  Then students were asked to take two clear zip baggies outside to collect two different soil samples.  From there, they were to compare/contrast the samples, thinking about the different textures, rock sizes, and earth materials that made up each sample.  Finally, I asked parents to send me a picture of their findings.  All of my responses were outstanding. This led to some terrific online discussion.”

 

MARCH 19, 2020

iPads are being distributed to students in Grades 1 through 5 at all elementary schools today. Get all the details here.

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From McManus social studies teacher Jennifer Fraunberger: “Learning from home isn’t too bad when you get thoughtful student responses and have students (and teammates) chatting about their work and distance learning experiences”

MARCH 18, 2020

Linden High School Principal Yelena Horre shared this amazing idea:

Spain started a movement to spread hope and cheer.  Students there are putting positive messages and art on their windows to share the message that everything will be OK and we are in this together.

Tania Miguelez, has started the movement here with her students.  The feedback has been wonderful. Students feel empowered and useful.

I think it would be incredibly inspiring to do this district wide.

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Linden High School teacher Anthony Fischetti says: “I am so impressed by the thoughtful responses from my Intro. to Education students in today’s virtual discussion on Canvas. (shown above) Their insights were thoughtful & provocative & showed they understood the reading from Edutopia.”

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From LHS French Teacher Assumpta Foy: “We set up a videoconference through Canvas and accomplished a 30-minute (students did not want to leave) text discussion. It’s a great tool and simple to use. It’s also recorded so that those who missed it can go on the link and listen to it.”

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Elementary math coach Panagiota Vitoroulis shared this math read-aloud called “The Greedy Triangle.”

 

MARCH 17, 2020

four screen shots of studentsStudents in Anthony Fischetti’s IB Italian class at Linden High School took their normal Monday “Caro Diario” activity online this week. Usually the students give a short oral presentation in Italian to tell the class what they did over the weekend. This week they all met on the Flipgrid app.

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lego challenge calendar

School No. 4 physical education teacher Fran Kreisberg shared some resources for parents to help students continue learning and having fun while stuck at home, including the 30-Day Lego Challenge above, and these online educational links.

Scholastic Learn at Home
Homeschool Hideout: 150+ Educational Shows on Netflix
Over 30 Virtual Field Trips
Storyline Online
Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions

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McManus Middle School language arts teacher Jennifer Colella offer this tip: “I created a YouTube channel for my students.  Today, I posted a video of how to do our first assignment and I copied the video onto Canvas and it seemed viewable, so this may be a good starting point for teachers?”

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McManus Middle School Principal Atiya Perkins sent out a video to wish Happy St. Patrick’s Day to her students as our schools began at-home learning.

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screen shot of online discussion

Above is an online discussion among students in Diana Kolibas’ English class at Linden High School about an article on the Boko Haram terrorist group. “I’m really pleasantly surprised by how well my students are taking to distance learning. I’m really proud of how they are rising to the challenge, and I hope this good work only continues!”

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Here is a great tip from LHS science teacher Zachary Coppa on using the Screen Recorder function on QuickTime to interact with students: “A great way to help the students with a particular question is by utilizing the ScreenRecorder function.  It records what you have on your computer screen and your voice (only audio – no visual) so you can walk the students through an assignment.”

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From LHS Spanish teacher Tania Miguelez: “So far the students have been so proactive and truly amazing. I have been calling home, about 7 parents per day is my goal just to ease the parents. Remind has been very helpful throughout this process. I keep the chat options open and we are communicating constantly.”

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LHS TV/Digital Media teach Chris Paskewich recommends Newsela, a website where teachers can assign news articles for students to read and discussion questions for them to answer. The site allows you to select your grade level so articles are written in an age-appropriate way.

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From LHS social studies teacher Jorge Alvarez:

“To start off the week my students are watching and responding to a TED Talk on the psychology of self motivation. (VIDEO SHOWN ABOVE) My favorite student response so far has explained that ‘We (the students) use the school structure as a crutch that has now been kicked out from under us. We need to learn to walk on our own now. This is kind of an opportunity to find the student we need to be for college a few months early. Online classes should be fun.’ So far so good, challenges exist but overcoming them is a challenge that will make us all better teachers. 21st century teaching to the extreme!”

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Elementary math coach Panagiata Vitoroulis: “I made this video to help parents navigate math apps through Math Learning Center. These are great manipulatives to have at home while we are virtually learning.”