Educators Highlight Curriculum, Student Projects
HAMPTON — Superintendent Dr. Lois Costa is pleased to share that integrated arts teachers throughout the district recently created videos sharing what their classes have looked like this school year amid the ongoing pandemic.
Videos were created by integrated arts teachers from the Centre School, Adeline C. Marston School and Hampton Academy, and were presented to the district’s school board at its Tuesday, Jan. 12 meeting.
The videos were also shared on Ch. 13, the local educational news channel.
“This school year has been so full of change and of new methods of teaching, and it is so exciting to be able to share insight into the engaging and creative lessons our integrated arts teachers have been thoughtfully preparing and leading their classes through,” Superintendent Costa said. “Our students are engaged in hands on projects, are learning valuable skills, and are flourishing this school year even as we have weathered this pandemic, together. We are incredibly proud of our staff, and our district, for their dedication to our students this year.”
To view the Center School’s video, click here.
To watch the Marston School’s video, click here.
To view Hampton Academy’s video, click here.
The videos, each between 11 and 12 minutes long, feature educators sharing what their daily classes look like, both for students learning in the district’s hybrid learning model and students who elected to learn from home through a fully remote plan.
“I’ve found this year to be an incredible opportunity to refresh my music curriculum in ways I may have missed under other circumstances,” said Marston Music teacher August Carlson. “I feel so fortunate to live in this age of technology, where we can create an engaging online curriculum that only strengthens our time with the students and allows us to interact robustly with those who are fully remote as well. I hope that our video gives a small glimpse into the depth and fun we’ve had in Integrated Arts this year, and of all that’s yet to come.”
Each video features educators teaching a broad variety of subjects, including physical education and wellness, computer technology, world languages, music and art. Educators featured in the videos share insight into how they conduct remote learning, how they ensure remote learning has remained vibrant and engaging for students, new tools that have been identified for learning amid COVID-19, and how they have found innovative solutions to continue in-person learning as well.
“I have been so inspired by my students’ resilience through all of this and wanted everyone to see that amazing trait in them as well,” Center School Art teacher Kimberly Olson said. “Their response to all of the adaptations and measures necessary to be in school should be celebrated and noted for the courage, creativity and acceptance required. We are truly better in their presence and an accurate picture of what public school in Hampton is like during this pandemic is deserved. Perhaps these videos will offer courage and hope to our community as well.”
“This school year has posed many challenges, yet I am so proud of our Integrated Arts team for taking on this school year with a positive mindset,” Hampton Academy World Languages teacher Nichole Willcox said. “As teachers, one of our goals is to help students build resilience, especially in the face of challenges that come with being a middle schooler. We collaborated as a team to come up with “out of the box” ways to deliver curriculum while reaching and inspiring every child. The goal of our video highlights the ways we have been able to model resiliency and foster it within our classes as we navigate the new world of remote and in-person teaching.”
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