April 20, 2020

Voices from the Field with Jonathan Vander Els: Drew and Liz Szeliga

In this thoughtful Voices from the Field podcast, we are joined by Drew and Liz Szeliga. Drew, an 8th grade mathematics teacher and 4th and 5th grade interventionist at North Hampton School, and Liz, a 7th and 8th grade Humanities and Literature teacher in Hampton Falls at Lincoln Akerman School, share their journey in distance learning over the past four weeks. 

Drew and Liz highlight the changes that they’ve made in the past month with their students based upon their observations and feedback they’ve received, and note the critical importance of interactions and relationships in teaching and learning, and how these have evolved over the course of the past month. 

Liz and Drew discuss how formative assessment is such a critical component of their classrooms, and they’ve had to adjust to smaller group and one-on-one meetings to hone in on this piece. Drew and Liz share how highly attuned they are to their students’ social emotional needs in this isolating time, and how they are attempting to engage their students in any way they can (including Drew’s “Szeliga dollar”). 

Liz and Drew also provide a glimpse into how they have gone about balancing with their own family, supporting their own children through continuing to model their family values and priorities while supporting their students’ needs, as well.

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