McDowell is Finding Ways for Hands-On Learning in the Midst of a Pandemic
Many students enjoy hands-on learning. With COVID-19, it was hard to imagine how much hands-on learning and group projects we would be able to do with social distancing and no shared supplies. However, knowing how much students enjoy this type of learning, teachers once again came through with creative ways to make this possible. We purchased extra supplies so that students wouldn’t need to share. If any sharing needed to be done, supplies were sanitized between uses. When working in groups, teachers set timers to ensure if any students were within 6-feet, it would be for under 15 minutes, which is based on Health Department guidelines. Some projects were based outside in the fresh air. Technology has played a big role in allowing students to work together on group projects without being close to each other. Throughout the first semester, students have been able to engage in many hands-on learning projects as well as group projects, something we weren’t sure would be possible at the beginning of this year.