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.
We’re taking part in the Student Blogging Challenge!
Has it really been 10 years since I first enrolled my class blog in the Student Blogging Challenge? Back then, I was teaching 5th grade Language Arts at Laurelville Elementary. I then taught two years of 5th grade Math at Laurelville before moving on to McDowell Middle School to teach 7th grade Language Arts. I am now in my ninth year of teaching at McDowell.
There has been a lot of personal change for me, as well, over those years. My husband and I are officially “empty nesters” since our daughters, Hannah and Molly, are now in college! Hannah is a senior at Miami University, majoring in Middle Childhood Education. Molly is a sophomore at Marietta College and is currently undecided on her major. We have grieved as our beloved dogs, Rambo, Hank, and Riley crossed the Rainbow Bridge and we now have two new dogs, Willy and Dodge. And six years ago, the passing of my father rocked my world.
Although a lot has changed, some things have remained constant. I still love teaching, am proud to be a Brave, and I still am blessed with having the best students walk into my classroom each day. Connecting with my students and connecting with the world outside of my classroom is still a priority for me as a teacher. Because of this, I am once again enrolling my class blog as well as my students’ blogs in the Blogging Challenge.
I hope you come back to see what we’ve been up to and as always, we welcome your comments!
Although all of my students have their own blog, there are a few students who are up for the Student Blogging Challenge hosted by Edublogs. These students have shown a desire to improve their blogging skills and put in some extra effort on their blogs beyond what is required in my classroom. Their blogs are listed on the Student Blogs 2013. Please feel free to check out their blogs and leave them a comment! Students participating from McDowell Exchange School are: