Home Learning: Making it work

As we continue with our Home Learning due to the international COVID-19 pandemic, I want to emphasize that learning can and will still take place for my students.  The location of that learning has changed, as will the schedule of that learning, but it will continue to happen. The biggest shift is that now you, the student, will need your own motivation to continue to learn.  The habits that you establish during this time will help set you up for future success as a learner!

For my students, I will continue to use Google Classroom as my primary digital platform for communicating with you.  I will also be using other apps and platforms that we have used throughout the school year, such as Flipgrid, Padlet, Edublogs (for my Advanced LA class), as well as the G Suite tools (doc, slides, and forms).  Zoom is the new platform that we will be using for video conferencing and lessons and I have added an option to use Google Hangouts.

And of course, all can follow me on Instagram @le.rdcaudill










Unfortunately, all do not have online access during this time, and paper versions of each assignment will be made available for those who need them.

Let the Home Learning Begin! (aka School Closure)

On Friday, March 13, Logan Elm Schools began an extended school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  A “state of emergency” has been declared in our state (Ohio) and all schools have been ordered to close.  Since the closure of schools, restaurants, movie theaters, bowling alleys, gyms, and many others have been forced to close their doors in order to reduce the spreading of the coronavirus.

In less than a week’s time, our lives have completely changed.  Schools and teachers are preparing for an extended closure, preparing virtual learning lessons and also determining how to meet the many other needs of our students.

There are so many questions that we all have.  And there are no answers at this point, as things seem to be changing on a daily basis.  One thing that I DO know…we will get through this!  As a community, we will rally together to help each other.  We will be there for each other in any way we can.  How do I know this?  Because I know that #McDowellStudentsarethebest  and we are all part of #BraveNation.

I’ve been so encouraged by the work that my students are already doing on their own.  Now, more than ever, is a time for students to take charge of their learning beyond classroom walls.  I just miss their faces tremendously, so I’m extremely grateful for the technology that we have that allows us to stay connected through these unprecedented events.

Holidays This Month

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There are many holidays in this world. Some are even happening this month. These include January 19th is World Religion Day, January 26th is International Customs Day, January 27th is International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. In this post I will summarize what these holidays are about.

January 19th – World Religion Day

This holiday is about celebrating the role of religion in society. Many people celebrate this holiday by gathering with multiple groups of faith. I, for one have never heard of this holiday until now. I like the idea of celebrating faith. This is because this holiday lets you believe in your own faith.

January 26th – International Customs Day

International Customs Day has different themes every year. This years theme is working toward a sustainable future. The slogan for it is: “Customs fostering Sustainability for People, Prosperity and the Planet.”. I enjoy the idea of changing the themes every year. I think that makes the holiday more exciting.

January 27th – International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

This holiday in particular, is very special. In my opinion at least. The meaning behind it is the name of the holiday itself. It is about commemorating the memory of victims from the Holocaust from the 1940’s. If you don’t know what the Holocaust was, I’ll explain it to you. The Holocaust happened during WWll at a German Internment Camp. Nazis would kill Jews because they thought that they were not worthy. I won’t go into details because children will probably be reading this.

In conclusion, there are many great holidays coming up this month. My personal favorite out of the three is International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. This is because I believe that it was such a horrific time that it deserves to be remembered so that it doesn’t happen again. Be sure to watch out for these holidays this month!



12 Days of Christmas at McDowell

It’s that time of year!  The Christmas season is upon us!  To celebrate this festive time of the year, McDowell Student Council invites students and staff to celebrate the “12 Days of Christmas”.  For each of the remaining 12 days of the school year (as in 2019), there is a fun Christmas theme to help all get into the holiday spirit.

Featured Student Blogs

We recently completed Week 7 of the Student Blogging Challenge and my students wrote about a favorite holiday or the holidays that they celebrate throughout the year.  These students did an exceptional job on their post:

Lindsay’s Lounge

Abigail’s Questionable Statements

Brett’s Breathtaking Blog

Ella’s Site

Maggie’ s Spectacular Site

I encourage you to check out their Week 7 posts and leave a comment for them.

Our Holidays and Celebrations

For the Week 7 Blogging Challenge, I asked my students to complete Task #1, to describe a favorite family holiday or celebration.   Since we live in the United States (Ohio), we realize that there may be some things that we celebrate with our families that are not celebrated in other areas of the world, or others may celebrate the same holiday, but in a different manner.  To help our visitors to understand how they celebrate with their families, I asked my students to share their favorite on a Flipgrid video.

We would love to hear about YOUR favorite holiday and how you celebrate with your family. You can leave a note in the comments, or if you’d like, you can create a short video on the Flipgrid.

Fun with Emojis-Week 6 Challenge

For this week’s challenge, I gave my students the choice of which task they would like to complete with Emojis.  They seemed to enjoy this week’s challenge quite a bit!  All did a great job, but here are a few I chose to feature:

Feel free to see what they created with Emojis this week!

We did it!

To be honest, when I set our goal to be $800, I had no idea if we would be able to collect that much money. It is a large amount of money, but I always try to have high expectations. 😁

And today has proven that when you have high expectations, people step up. They rise to the occasion. 🙌🏼

We have REACHED our goal! Actually, we have surpassed our goal by $0.24! And every penny counts! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

THANK YOU to ALL who helped us to reach our goal! The veterans in our community deserve this and I know our donation will be appreciated! 🇺🇸 #mcdowellstudentsarethebest #bravenation #veterans #supportourveterans

My favorite veteran, my dad. I miss him so much.


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