The pandemic has limited visitors to Cold Lake School in Sherridon, Manitoba. This means fewer chances to hear presenters and special guests speak and share knowledge, but also opportunities to use technology like audiobooks and virtual connections to keep students engaged and learning.
Grade 7 student Emma listens to an audiobook to enhance her fluency and vocabulary skills.
Audiobooks allow students to hear other reader's model fluency, volume, tone, cadence and punctuation while virtual meetings include group or individual, teacher-coach instruction.
Grade 4 student Darryl receives one-on-one instruction through a Microsoft Teams meeting with Area 4 Math Coach Julie Seely.
The pandemic has also meant more outdoor time to connect with the best special guest of all—nature!
Kambree during a Physical Education class at Cold Lake School. The school's students got outdoors this winter for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Pandemic safety for students and staff includes safe, sanitized workplaces. Individual learning areas are divided two metres apart, and Yuki-Ball barriers—usually used for gym games and dividers—are also being utilized in classrooms as a unique way of creating social distancing for students.
Emma learning peacefully in a space created with Yuki-Ball barriers.
Grade 6 student Kora-Lee plans her next move behind a Yuki-Ball barrier in the gym.
With safe, distanced practices in-person learning has still been possible for students who have still been attending school daily, including one-on-one classroom learning. Great job, Cold Lake School students, staff and teachers!
Kambree is feeling spirited in her pajamas during Spirit Day as her teacher, Jaclyn Messner, takes her through a guided reading lesson.