April 14, 2020

Voices from the Field with Jonathan Vander Els: Lisa Woodruff

In this podcast, we are joined by Lisa Woodruff, 7th and 8th-grade science teacher at Lincoln Akerman School in Hampton Falls, NH. Lisa shares how her approach to distance learning has evolved, as she quickly recognized the difficulty in identifying students who were struggling with assignments in distance learning, and how she has since embedded video conferencing prior to assignments being due to more quickly determine who needs help and then provide timely support. 

Ms. Woodruff also shares how she has embedded opportunities for students to work collaboratively, providing feedback to each other, again as a way to work around the lack of opportunity that exists in an online format. Lisa shares how she has begun to incorporate a way that allows students to engage in experiments at home, taking stock of students’ home supplies, and allowing students to engage in the experiments. 

Ms. Woodruff shares how being a competency-based system has helped students in regards to understanding clearly what it is they are to learn, as well as the importance of routines and taking time for the social/emotional component. Lisa also shares her appreciation for the parents of her students, and everything they are doing to support their children during this difficult time.

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