Throughout the month of November, teachers from Susquehanna Valley, Union Endicott, and Windsor have been collaborating to design asynchronous Listening and Learning tasks for kindergarten and first grade. With many students learning in remote and hybrid environments, these lessons provide additional quality literacy experiences beyond what can be done with their teachers during synchronous instruction. They also can be used as independent centers for teachers who have students in full attendance.
The work kicked off with an overview of the Listening and Learning Strand on EngageNY provided by ELA Professional Learning Specialist, Erin Smith. Once familiarity with these lessons was established, Instructional Technology Professional Learning Specialist, Emily Koval, reviewed key skills in Seesaw, which is the platform each lesson was built in. Teachers then each chose a domain and used a template provided by the PLIC team to create their first lesson.
At the second meeting, teachers had the opportunity to view and provide feedback on the first lessons built. This led to great conversations, support and additional clarity on the lesson structure, making the product consistent and user friendly!
The teachers continued to build in their domains throughout the month, checking in at a midpoint meeting to share and continue to collaborate. They will have a complete set of lessons for their grade by the end of the month for the participating districts to use in instruction.
The PLIC was happy to facilitate this collaboration and thrilled with the valuable resources created! We look forward to continuing such work in the future!