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I think charter school educators naturally go against the grain - we want to innovate, and be creative and take risks. I love being a charter school teacher at LOTWA because of the freedom I have to be creative. Getting the chance to be observant, and really recognize students’ needs, is huge - I can adjust when I need to, in a way that supports my kids. I get to work one-on-one to bridge gaps for kids, so no-one gets left behind. It’s amazing.
I think most of us saw the writing on the wall that we’d be spending time out of school - so I prepped students before the closure was announced, and then when we left that Friday I really hit the ground running. I think the great thing about Montessori is that my kids are accustomed to working on their individual assignments at their own pace - so in a way the distance learning has really mirrored our classroom structure, academically. But I think the thing that is hardest for me is missing our social-emotional piece - especially being a middle school class. So I’ve really been introducing collaborative check ins, games, journaling, etc. to really address that part.
Check out this collection of photos, submitted by Lexi, and get a peek into her life as a teacher!
Hear from LOTWA Founder Kathy Moorehouse, why Lexi is deserving of the 2020 TOY Award!