在这个非凡的虚拟德尔巴顿学期的期末课上, 我们停下来，对德尔巴顿所有的教育工作者的适应力表示赞扬, 适应性, 创造力和敏感性. 在我们的学生比以往任何时候都需要他们的时候, Delbarton teachers accepted the challenge 和 delivered an outst和ing distance learning program to our young men. 说到创造力, let's conclude our official school year with a story about how 两个 Delbarton colleagues partnered to combine teaching, 共享和学习在一个紧密的结构, highly entertaining experience that benefited students in not just one but 两个 学校...
With final exams cancelled due to COVID-19, Delbarton science teachers 夫人. 玛格丽特Nevistich 和 夫人.杰西卡·麦基弗 found a novel way to review basic terms with their sophomore Intro to Chemistry students while helping elementary school teachers disrupt the sameness of distance learning. 在最后几天的课上 虚拟Delbarton, 老师们与我们的年轻人和第一个, 圣玛丽小学二、三年级的学生. 新泽西州麦迪逊的文森特烈士学校(SVTM). 和, 当然, remote learning meant that all students 和 teachers met virtually online from their homes.
是什么激发了这个伟大的想法? Nevistich recalls she 和 McKeever were talking about the challenges of remote schooling. “We thought the students were missing interaction with one another 和 the more joyful parts that come with ‘real’ school, so we talked about a possible assignment they could do in lieu of a final test." McKeever had successfully conducted a similar assignment with students at her previous school, 于是，这个想法就产生了 不会 be inspired by virtual classrooms full of eager, excited 和 curious first, second 和 third graders!
Nevistich reached out to several 学校 in the area 和 SVMS (Nevistich is a SVTM school parent 和 member of the education council) responded positively. 支持向量机主要 Noreen Holly修女，SC, was quickly on board, 和 teachers 和 parents supported the activity too.
在基于zoom的类中, 德尔巴顿的学生们阅读——缓慢而生动, please -- a selection of carefully selected Chemistry ABC books while their Delbarton teacher turned the book pages that appeared on the full screen that was viewed by all.
男孩们提出了事先安排好的后续问题, 倾听答案, 然后以老师的角色回应, again gently coached on how to respond: “If he or she does not give a ‘correct’ answer for one that has a correct answer, 你可以这样说，‘不错，试试那件! 这是___.’ If he or she gives a ‘correct’ answer, you can say something like ‘Well done! 这是正确的!’
在Nevistich的课上，第一个故事 铜、水星和霓虹灯的奇妙冒险 读了 卢卡斯DePasquale的22. His classmates then asked simple questions when prompted by their teacher 和 the SVTM teacher chose students to respond. The Delbarton sophomores 和 the younger SVTM students seemed to genuinely enjoy 和 learn from the interaction.
行使, 在几天的学习时间里, also doubled as an introduction to the life of an elementary school educator, another interesting experience for our students who consistently kept their responses positive, 乐观的和迷人的. 这个学习实验很成功.
考尔德的22 后来写道, "Being able to read stories 和 see the faces of the second graders showed all of us how much of a positive impact we can have on kids younger than us in today's society. Being separated by a screen didn't stop the second graders from having a fun time listening to story books 和 asking questions about fun 和 interesting material. The bridge we created to fill the gap today showed every sophomore 和 second grader that our actions can make someone's day 和 that we can remain united despite separation."
约翰尼McEvoy的22 写了, "I thought that the joint class today was fun 和 it allowed us to spread the things that we learned this year to a younger demographic. I also liked how they weren't talking to their teacher 和 we weren't talking to ours but rather we were the ones talking to them which I think made the class a lot more enjoyable.”另一名学生, 杰克Checchio的22他说:“我觉得这个联合课棒极了. 教二年级学生一些宽泛的术语，比如化学，这很酷. I liked meeting everyone 和 doing something new during online learning. Overall, this was a great experience 和 should definitely be continued in the future."
Delbarton感谢Noreen修女和svm老师 Robin Galton, Pam O’Connor, Donna Tracey, Meghan Herbert, Mary Lynn Fetrow 和 凯特·唐纳德 让他们的班级参与进来, 也感谢你们在这个过程中是如此出色的合作伙伴. Thank you too to SVMS parents who agreed to let our students fill in as surrogate teachers during class time that, 多亏了远程教育, 是在每个学生家里进行的吗. 最后，向我们的两位科学老师致敬. 玛格丽特Nevistich和夫人. 杰西卡·麦基弗, for keeping Chemistry class interesting all the way to the end -- 和 hats off to our young men for their enthusiastic participation in this unique collaboration!