Monongalia County teachers use social media to continue education

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With students being out of classrooms and many daycare facilities beginning to close due to increasing COVID-19 numbers in the area, one Monongalia County facility decided to get creative in how to keep kids learning during quarantine.

Teacher Alex Pettis

Teachers and administration at the Morgantown Early Learning Facility have taken to social media to continue doing activities for their students to enjoy and learn from.

Some are doing their part by taking the time to read at least one book with students every day, and others are hosting activities and smaller versions of lessons, to make the students feel as though nothing has changed.

Alex Pettis is a teacher at Morgantown ELF, who is staying connected with his students by making videos of lesson plans and activities. His goal is to keep a sense of normalcy for his students while being at home.

“I love doing hands-on activities with them because at this age that’s how they learn.” Pettis explained. “Now doing it virtually has been a challenge, so what I’ve been trying to do is use materials that can easily be found around the house.”

One of the most recent activities he came up with was a color mixing activity. He talked about primary colors and secondary colors by mixing multiple glasses of water with food coloring in them to see what the result would be.

Pettis mentioned that he’s received a lot of positive feedback from his students parents. He said, “When I decided to do the videos, it was a way to try and keep in touch with them and get parents to talk to us and let us know how they’re doing.”

Despite the fact that Pettis was laid off since the beginning of the Stay at Home Order, that doesn’t stop him from teaching and staying in touch with his students.

Assistant Director at the facility, Shannon Davis also participated by reading and explained that continuing education, even while in quarantine, will make a huge difference for the children.

“The point of being a teacher is that you have to be innovative and think outside of the box. So now I feel like this time frame is for parents to use that, and think outside the box and find ways to teach their kids that are unconventional.” 

Davis explained that due to COVID-19, ELF had to shut its doors. Leaving the teachers concerned with how students would continue on track for the year. She said that even though teachers were under no obligation, they are going out of their way to provide these learning opportunities.

Lesson bags that were delivered to students by teachers.

“Nobody is perfect right now. Just do what you can,” Davis explained. “Teach what you can and take everyday one step at a time.”

She also stated that many of the teachers are planning to continue this until the quarantine has been lifted and they are allowed to return to ELF.

Those who would like to learn more about the programs that ELF offers, click here to be taken to their Facebook page.

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