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Local teachers find creative ways to engage students amid remote learning

News and Tribune logoFifth grade English teacher has her students play self-paced kahoots.

SOUTHERN INDIANA — It’s a time of dramatic transition for local teachers, students and parents as they adjust to weeks of remote learning.

Although the lack of in-person classes presents many challenges, teachers in Clark and Floyd counties are finding creative ways to both teach students and provide support during the coronavirus pandemic.

As students learn from their homes, it has become imperative for schools to provide alternate forms of education such as eLearning and figure out what lessons work outside the classroom setting.

But in addition to the academics, maintaining connections with teachers and classmates is also an essential part of students’ school experiences, and schools are making efforts to support students’ social and emotional wellbeing.

Jaynie Rockhill, who teaches fifth grade English, writing and social studies at Highland Hills Middle School in Georgetown, is going beyond worksheets and online lessons. Her students play self-paced games through a learning platform called Kahoot!, and she gives them video challenges where they are encouraged to talk on video about a story they read.

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