Although in-class instruction has been suspended, our teachers are finding creative ways to work with students. Hellings Elementary School teacher Karen Aubey teaches 13 students with Ministry of Education designations, diverse abilities and/or vulnerability. She sends them colour coded weekly learning plans including activities they can do by themselves and with others. These fun at home learning activities include everything from drawing posters, learning about recycling and making a birdhouse to baking and going on nature walks.
One of her students, a 10-year old girl, wrote a ‘thank you’ letter to healthcare workers and asked Karen to send it on to doctors and nurses. Karen shared it on her social media channels and also forwarded it to organizations such as the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. To date, the letter has been seen by many healthcare workers, even as far away as in the Netherlands.
“I’m so proud of these children – they struggle with learning in a regular classroom environment, so I can’t imagine how difficult the last few weeks have been for them, said Karen. “Even though they are learning in different spaces and places, they are all working so hard. I couldn’t ask for any more than that.”