Scottsbluff teacher discusses implementation of online classes

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. - (KNEP) - Scottsbluff Schools teacher details how they are moving forward with online classes during the coronavirus pandemic.

Seventh Grade Math teacher Ashley Dillman details it’s a new normal for everyone. The district met last week and decided to not send anything out just to give students an opportunity to become acclimated to being at home during the day.

This week they have sent some work to elementary students and Friday at 10am they will send out lessons for middle and high school students. They will do a lot of the lessons on zoom which is an online meeting portal.

Dillman states they will start with a less is more approach to start. They don’t want to overwhelm the students and as of right now everything will be of review. She adds they can’t introduce a whole bunch of new material right now.

The teachers want to ensure the students are having their social, emotional, mental needs met as well as showcase academic support. Dillman added postponing standardize testing in the state will take a lot of pressure off.

Not much will change for DIllman’s instruction plan. She teaches from an iPad and typically projects the information on a smart board. She also uses Google Slides as well and was given the opportunity to download some of the tools to her home computer to use.

The teachers are working to keep as much consistency as they can. Dillman adds that 6-8 grade ELA and math classes record their classroom lessons at the schools. There is a camera in the class and Dillman will typically either upload it online or play it in another class so she can better assist the students.

Dillman stated they are running pilot video chats with students to get them more acclimated to it as well. She mentioned students should worry less about the grades.

The district created advisory groups where teachers will check in weekly to see how the students are doing.

Dillman mentioned communication is key to all of this from the district to team leaders, staff and students. She doesn’t think this situation will spur more lag in education for students. Dillman admitted that even in a regular school setting you may have some gaps with students.

The classroom setting Dillman still feels is essential but is looking at this situation as an opportunity to provide more options for teachers.