Jacob is a seventh grade student at Bergen Arts & Science Charter Middle School
Jacob wakes up to prepare for the Wednesday ahead.
From the comfort of his family’s living room couch, Jacob logs into his Schoology account using his school-issued Chromebook. At this point, Jacob checks for any new assignments posted and reviews grades that he received on yesterday’s English reading comprehension quiz and Math skills check. Jacob is always carefully reflecting upon his teachers’ feedback for improvement, and truly appreciates the individualized support.
Jacob logs into his first class of the day – Math. For this class, the teacher is “live lecturing” using Schoology Conferencing, so Jacob has the opportunity to actively participate in the lesson through an interactive video chat. In fact, Jacob is able to ask clear and specific questions around the areas he struggled in the day before. His teacher, as well as some of his classmates too, are quick to address his questions and clear up any misconceptions. Jacob’s attendance is also taken when he responds to a short “KWL” discussion board prompt.
Jacob’s parents return home with a free breakfast and lunch provided by the school for all families during distance learning. Jacob eagerly grabs his breakfast and some nutritious energy before returning to his work.
Jacob logs into his second class of the day – Social Studies. Jacob’s Social Studies teacher is using YouTube Live for this lesson along with EDpuzzle in order to insert critical questions into the context of both lecture and film analysis. In exploring the history of the Holocaust, Jacob examines a clip taking the class through the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany prior to World War II.
Jacob logs into his English class. Fittingly, Jacob can also bring prior knowledge from Social Studies with him to English as the class is reading The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Jacob then connects Anne Frank’s form of isolation with today’s social distancing, discussing connections between Anne Frank’s experience and COVID-19 should measures surrounding the spread of the disease last as long. Jacob’s responses to the story’s questions and to his classmates are then electronically submitted through Schoology and scored by Ms. Apple as a classwork grade.
Jacob takes a much needed break and refuels by eating a healthy lunch provided by the school.
Jacob logs into his Physical Education class to burn off some of this energy right away. Jacob’s Physical Education teacher, Ms. Kicks, takes the class through warm-up exercises and conditioning drills using Schoology Conferencing. Since Schoology Conferencing offers a two-way means of video communication, Ms. Kicks can see Jacob performing arm circles and high-knees using appropriate posture and proper mechanics.
Jacob takes full advantage of his teachers’ office hours. During this time, Jacob works closely with his Science teacher, Mr. Beaker, in preparation for submitting a mini-project on how to successfully create vaccines that may someday save lives.