A Tale Gathered In the Field
There are many examples of amazing educators showing innovation, compassion, and courage during this time of remote COVID-19 learning. Genny Iaaschsen uses (thematic) learning menus to provide literacy, numeracy, arts and activity opportunities for students with her grade 2 class at Pleasant Valley. Learning menus outline a variety of options that target important learning goals. Students are empowered to participate in some, none, or all of the activities. Most activities have options to promote active exploring outside (with physical distancing of course), engaging with family members, and utilizing supplies found around the house. Genny also provides fun digital resources.
Genny also encourages students to get out in nature and participate in “Wild Wednesdays”. She made videos, scavenger hunts, and even a detailed map of Bowen Park (showing students where the class salmon were released). Most recently, Genny hand painted rocks with the name of each child in her class and hid them in the forest behind the school for students to find. My daughter was so excited to get outside and hunt for her special rock (and those of her classmates). She immediately came home to write about her experience in her class journal. It’s exciting to participate in my daughter’s learning this way.
I’m inspired by Genny’s willingness to try new things and find ways to engage students (and parents).