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A Tale of 2 Profs... Sharing our stories about teaching, learning, & living... Dr. V & Dr. Wendy Schoolmeester

You Don’t Know What You’ve Got ‘Til It’s Gone

We welcome our colleague and friend, Dr. LeAnne Syring, as our guest blogger this week. Dr. LeAnne Syring is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Southwest Minnesota State University. Her passion lies with teaching aspiring educators to see each child as unique, special, and valued. She also enjoys sewing, reading, crafting, and bundling up in a blanket with a hot Chai Tea Latte in the winters of Minnesota.

Dr. LeAnne Syring….mask making champion!

Over the course of the last few months I have been in quarantine, like most of us have. In-person contact became restricted. I have taught classes, conversed with colleagues, students, and prospective students via Zoom. Realization of the impact the absence of this in-person contact was holding over me did not hit until I went on campus for a project. A group of us had been making masks at home to be able to give to all of our incoming freshman. We have picked up fabric pieces cut out by colleagues, taken them to our respective homes, and assembled them. Our group was contacted by our Minnesota CBS affiliate television station to do a story on the project (Click on the picture above to view the story).

This invitation brought us onto campus to join up as a group for the first time. We went to the campus costume shop, donned our masks, and practiced social distancing. I could not believe the energy that saturated my entire body from merely being with this group of people, in person, sewing and working together. We were no longer working in isolation we were truly a group of people working together toward the same goal. We were talking and laughing and enjoying each other’s company. Until that moment I had not realized what that personal contact meant to me and my energy level.

This experience has reminded me of how much we may have taken for granted prior to this pandemic. The ability to converse with our colleagues face-to-face. The ability to go out for lunch with friends. The joy that comes from those interactions. As Joni Mitchell sang in the 70’s, “you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.”

A few years ago, my church’s pastor retired. He and his wife had been there for quite a few years and were absolutely the richest example of light and joy, kindness and generosity. While packing for the move they invited me over to look through their vast personal library for any book I would like to read. The afternoon that I spent with them was relaxing, calm, and irreplaceable. I asked myself, “why had I not spent more time with them?”

As a person who goes to analogies to explain things, I went to the analogy of a beautiful living room. We may painstakingly take the time to select the flooring, the wall color and all of the furnishings, but then never sit in the room. We save it. We look at it, but do not use it. It is treasured, but never utilized. The pastor and his wife were like a beautiful living room – they were always there, I knew that I could go and ‘look’ at them anytime I wanted, but I did not utilize them as I could have. The love and knowledge they could have and were willing to share, are now gone. I lost the opportunity.

The pandemic has shown me that it is time to use the beautiful living room, take out the ‘good dishes,’ talk to the people in your life that are there for you to learn from, and make the time to enjoy what you have been given.

Wear your mask, wash your hands, do your part and pray that COVID will soon be gone.

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til it’s gone
They paved paradise
Put up a parking lot

~Joni Mitchell

Stay Calm & Take Out Your Good Dishes!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V. 

Be Strong and Courageous!

“I command you – be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ~Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

Joshua…a noble example of complete trust, unwavering belief, and obedient faith in God! When God spoke, Joshua listened and obeyed. Joshua was the appointed leader to take over for Moses after Moses died. What a difficult position to fill because in all honesty, who would ever want to fill the shoes…er sandals of Moses? But…fill them he did!

The first nine verses of Joshua are powerfully encouraging. In those first few verses, Joshua is told to be strong and courageous three times. Look at the intense progression of this command…

“Be strong and courageous…” ~Joshua 1:6a (NLT)

“Be strong and very courageous.” ~Joshua 1:7 (Emphasis mine).

I command you – be strong and courageous!” ~Joshua 1:9a (Emphasis mine).

Notice the exclamation mark after the last command? I am not sure what you are thinking, but I am thinking God was S.E.R.I.O.U.S. He meant what He said! Yes indeed, I would listen too.

Another treasure buried within those first nine verses is God’s promise to be there for Joshua. Not just once, but three times Joshua is reassured that God’s got his back…

“For I will be with you as I was with Moses…” Joshua 1:5b

“I will not fail you or abandon you.” ~Joshua 1:5c

“For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” ~Joshua 1:9c

The number three caught my attention. Did you know, next to seven, three is the most commonly used number in Scripture (Johnston, 1990). Interesting! And, speaking of three and being courageous, Joshua needed his army. He couldn’t do it alone. Ecclesiastes 4:12b (NLT) advises us to not stand alone. Two is good, but “three are even better for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken” (Emphasis mine.). Thank goodness Joshua had several triple-braided cords of soldiers.

God kept his promise and stayed with Joshua. The LORD gave Joshua clear instructions of what to do to conquer and gain victory over Jericho. Joshua 6:15-16 (NLT) is the story most of us remember and are still able to sing…

“On the seventh day the Israelites marched around the city seven times. The seventh time around, the priests sounded the long blast on their horns” and the walls came tumbling down.

Joshua conquered and found victory because he was strong and courageous  

During the past few months, our Good Samaritan Society has been under attack by COVID-19. The number of positive cases among the residents and staff has been steadily rising. So has the number of deaths. 😥 Fear and defeat seems to be lurking behind the eyes of so many people.

Some residents are lonely. Some are isolated in the COVID wing. Some don’t understand why family isn’t coming to see them. There are chairs kept outside some resident’s room so family can visit through the window. Breaks my heart!

It was time to put God’s words from Joshua into action. Time to be strong and courageous. Time to know God is with us and in control. Time to believe there will be victory over COVID so that family members can once again visit their loved ones who are at Good Sam.

An SOS call went out to people to gather together to march around Good Sam seven times all while praying for healing and protection over all residents and employees there. Praying for COVID-19 to fall!!!

Even though it was a short notice, the word got around and 21 believers showed up to march (amazing…that is three sevens). God showed up too! We were led in prayer before we began, praise music filled the air during the walk, people inside Good Sam waved at us through the windows, and one pastor actually had a ram’s horn that he blew each time we lapped around Good Sam.

It was powerful. It was inspirational. It was heartwarming. I am believing this action WILL make a difference. I anticipate good things to happen out at Good Sam. I am confident there will be victory over COVID-19!

So…let’s get going!  Let’s be strong and courageous in our communities all the while knowing God will be with us! He’s got our backs through ALL of this craziness. Believe it.

Stay Calm & Be Strong and Courageous!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V. 

Johnston, R. D. (1990). Numbers in the bible: God’s design in biblical numerology. Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI.

Happy Birthday Dear Lucy

Miss Lucy

This week Lucy turns 3. Not a big deal to you, maybe, but a HUGE deal to this grandma. Lucy was born with some extremely serious health concerns, and these life threatening issues needed immediate attention.

I sat in the waiting room at Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls listening to my son tell me, through tears, of the complicated surgery Lucy was needing. Sadly, Sioux Falls was unable to perform it because of how delicate it was going to be. My son began the search for a skilled surgeon!

It hurts the heart to watch your adult son cry. I went out to my car and sobbed while pounding the steering wheel and screaming at God. (He’s a loving God, He can take the yelling).

Fast forward to today and Miss Lucy is a spunky, spirited little girl who will turn 3 on Thursday. She melts this grandma’s heart into a humongous puddle of mush whenever she says so sweetly, “Grandma, I love you.”  

This same week three years ago, a friend lost her husband to complications of a kidney transplant. She mourns while I celebrate. Why God, are some saved and not others? I don’t know!

A week ago, my blogging partner wrote about her 14-year old nephew who lost his life to cancer five years ago. Why God?

A few weeks ago, a young man lost his life in a boating accident. He was only 22. Why God?

The day before the boating accident another friend of mine said goodbye to her special friend who lost his battle against lung cancer. Why God?

Just this morning I received a private message from a childhood friend who laid her middle daughter to rest from a short war against cervical cancer. The daughter found out on Mother’s Day and was gone by June 28. This young woman was only 43. Why God?

When my only sibling was killed in a car accident 40 years ago, I found peace in Isaiah 57:1. Paraphrasing this verse, it says righteous people are taken home to Heaven early because they are being spared from something extremely evil. I hang on to that. It brings me some peace knowing my brother was saved from something wicked.

Why does God choose to save some and not others? I don’t know! We will never know that answer this side of Heaven. It’s certainly okay to ask, though. It’s okay to pound your fists and scream and yell at God. He is a good God and hears our cries!

The song below is called Why God? by Austin French. Give it a listen.

While pondering what to write next…I visit Facebook. Not a good choice. So.Much.Junk. People bashing others because of personal offenses or political views or __________.

Why God, can’t people take care of personal offenses or political believes privately without having to pollute Facebook? I don’t know.

Life is short! This world needs peacemakers!! So, during this week of celebration (and sorrow), I choose to be a woman of peace.

I have a happy birthday party to attend this weekend. I look forward to celebrating Lucy and my son (his birthday is July 12). Others are grieving the loss of their loved ones. I offer them hugs and prayers.

Happy birthday, dear Lucy. May you grow up to be a woman of peace, filled with love and compassion, always knowing that YOU, sweet girl, are a child of God.

Stay Calm & Celebrate Today!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V. 

It’s Officially “Steak Sandwich without the Bun” Day

Five years ago today we said good-bye to Carter – until we meet again that is. Time stands still for no one. We have zoomed from 2015 to 2020 in a blink of an eye. Some days may seem long while the years seem short. We should learn and grow from our experiences. So what have we learned in the past five years? LOTS. Not enough.
Let’s take this year for example. The first half of 2020 has taught us many things, and we are still waiting to learn more. Here are a few relevant yet timeless considerations:

1.  Love.

2.  Laugh.  When the going gets tough, laughter is valuable medicine. 

3.  Wash your hands – a lot.  Basic hygiene and common sense go a long ways.

4.  Don’t cough on people. Watch what comes out of your mouth as it might hurt someone.

5.  Share. It turns out other people have needs too.  

6.  Respect different perspectives and recognize it takes walking a lifetime in another’s shoes to truly know their story. Until you do, listen and learn. Everyone is important.

7. Sports, music, theatre, … social outlets are important to our well-being.

8.  Sing in the sunshine and sing in the rain. Take whatever comes our way, and make the best of it. Negativity doesn’t change it; it just makes things worse.

9.  Smile while you are zooming. Just because you aren’t necessarily in the same room with others doesn’t mean that you can’t smile at them. Smiles brighten our days in so many, many ways.

10. Most importantly – take time to enjoy today together. Don’t always live in the rush of our daily world and expectations. This time in quarantine has taught us to be at home with our families, enjoy dinner together as a family, and laugh together some too, which our normal schedules do not always allow.
Thinking back…Carter enjoyed going to KB’s with the extended family, and he enjoyed this frequent routine to the local establishment. He would order his specialty – a steak sandwich and always ask them to hold the bun. You see – steak was not on the menu while the steak sandwich was. He found a way to have his steak and eat it too. 🙂 He would order a baked potato as the side – and then take it to go. He enjoyed a good steak, and he enjoyed being with his family; he knew how to enjoy life – and laugh a lot.

Okay, so this list could go on and on as we learned so many valuable lessons so far this year…I’ll stop here. Actually, I have to stop now as I need to leave this space.
I write this blog today as I sit at Carter’s Court while JR is at batting practice nearby – just days away from the actual angelversary of Carter Joseph Boerboom, which is June 30th and the day of this official post. This place, Carter’s Court, is hopefully a place where ballers of any age can take some time to enjoy the game of life. Just in this short time while I write, I have seen several groups come and go with the most noticeable resemblance… laughter. Life goes too fast so we need to just be and just breathe sometimes… and just laugh. Tonight is one of those times. After this we will head home to grill “a steak sandwich without the bun” with potatoes for dinner as a family and enjoy today together.

Stay Calm & Enjoy Today!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V. 

If I Could Turn Back Time, I Wouldn’t Change a Thing

Today my eldest son turns 18 years old. He started out as a mighty preemie after “we” were hospitalized on bedrest for 8 weeks. We came home from the hospital the day before his birthday. That should signal to you what an interesting adventure his journey into this world was and continues to be. 

Baby JJ

Fast forward 18 years… and you arrive at today. The years have flown by filled with love, laughter, worries, tears… If you are the oldest, you know this truth… being the oldest child means that you train your parents along the way. They can read and receive all the training in the world, but there is nothing quite like experiential learning. Parents experience on-the-job-training each moment of each day. We worry as we watch our kids grow if everything will be alright. We spend our days living and planning and worrying and praying. There are times that I think I should’ve done this differently or that differently in this journey of parenthood. Then I realize that each moment along the way has been part of the equation to make him who he is today. For that, if I could turn back time, I wouldn’t change a thing. 


Happy 18th Birthday today, Jackson! We celebrate you and your journey to this point as you graduate from high school today as well! Thanks for all of the life lessons that you have taught us so far along the way. You are the best teacher! 😉

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

“If life gets too hard to stand, kneel.”  
~ Gordan B. Hinckley

“Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave nor forsake you.”
~Deuteronomy 31:6

“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
~ Jeremiah 29:11

Only Time will tell where your journey may lead you…
We continue to remember the journey, enjoy today, and look forward to where
The Road Before Us will lead.

Happy 18th Birthday to Jackson today!
Congrats on your high school graduation! 

Senior pictures by Victoria Rae Dubbeldee

Stay Calm & Be on Time! 😉
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V. 

Educators…May the Fourth Be With You!

Tonight at dinner, my almost-adult son, who is set to graduate from high school in just a few weeks, asked me, “Mom, do you know what holiday it is today?” I immediately wondered… well, I think it’s past May Day, and I don’t remember it being Cinco de Mayo yet. The days are sometimes hard to keep track of lately it seems. “Hmmm… Oh, I know… It’s Educator Appreciation Week!” My son just looked at me and smirked, “May the Fourth Be With You!”

Master Yoda… courtesy

Okay – so maybe great minds do think alike. The Star Wars analogy is not lost on me when I think about it being Educator Appreciation Week. Teaching and learning made the jump into the hyperspace of remote learning with almost no time to prepare. Amazing.

Stick with me as I further consider the parallels between education today and Star Wars.

Every parent everywhere… “Help me, [educators]. You’re my only hope.” ~ Princess Leia

Naysayers who thought remote learning could not be done?… “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” ~ Darth Vader

The possibility of remote learning not working… “Never tell me the odds!” ~ Han Solo

Where are we learning the rest of this week… “Chewie, we’re home.” ~ Han Solo

Getting our learning on tomorrow and the day after… “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
~ Yoda

When we move on after this unprecedented time into a new future of teaching and learning… “When gone am I, the last of the Jedi will be you. The Force runs strong in your family. Pass on what you have learned.” ~ Yoda

With the unrest in our world…”We must keep our faith in the Republic. The day we stop believing democracy can work is the day we lose it.” ~ Queen Jamillia

Tomorrow when I think there is just too much to possibly accomplish… “I’m one with the Force. The Force is one with me.” ~Chirrut Imwe

When we see our friends at school again… “Oh, my dear friend. How I’ve missed you.
~ C-3PO

To all the educators and students out there… “The Force will be with you. Always.”
~ Obi-Wan Kenobi

And each day… always have “Hope.” ~ Princess Leia

Even if you aren’t a Star Wars fan, you have to admit there are some positive takeaways for those of us, all of us in Education today. There continues to be a lot of wisdom and life lessons to share.

Take time to thank an educator this week. Or how about thanking more than one? It takes a village, and now that most parents have experienced a glimpse of the life of a teacher, it would make sense to thank the entire village. Thank you!

Thanks to my son’s teachers for stopping by to say hi – from a distance – and share some learning treats! The COVID-19 journal is awesome! JR enjoyed the pretzels, too!
Teachers COVID19

Although educators – teachers, support staff, and administrators may come and go – their impacts last a lifetime. Thank you, educators, for all that you do!
Oh  – and May the Fourth Be With You!

Stay Calm & May the Fourth Be With You!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V. 

Haiku Pandemic Poetry

This is a special guest blog post by SMSU Adjunct Instructor, Ms. Deb Ahmann, who co-teaches ED 251 Child Growth and Development with Dr. Wendy. Ms. Ahmann’s teaching career has included a variety of locations (Buffalo Lake, Marshall, and Brainerd, Minnesota; Tempe and Florence, Arizona), a variety of ages (5th grade, junior high, senior high, college), a variety of adjunct positions (SMSU, SMU, and ASU), and a variety of disciplines (elementary ed, literature, language arts, AP, public speaking, education, and literacy). Oh – and don’t forget her direct impact specifically on Dr. V. as Ms. Ahmann was her Honors Research & Writing teacher in high school. 🙂

“Because I try to model a variety of class discussion techniques for the ED 251 students, we have utilized methods including small-group presentations, partnerships, debates, Q/A drawings, and poetic summaries. The haiku was used to summarize three chapters (five-syllable summary for the first chapter, seven for the next chapter, five for the final chapter). The students were then asked to write a haiku that reflected their feelings about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on education. Our ED 251 teacher candidates did a fabulous job on these Haiku Pandemic Poetry creations.” ~Ms. Deb Ahmann


Expect hard times to come

Be prepared to work for this

Good times are ahead

Kobe L.                                                                                


Distance learning now

Unsure of tomorrow’s fate

Still giving our best.

Rebecca H.


Distance can be bad,

Learning in new ways is fun,

Be very resilient.

Timothy R.


Madness all around

I don’t know how to do this

Hope it’s over soon

Danielle H.


The schools are empty.

Teachers nervous, kids confused

What is yet to come?

Taitum T.


This is a hard time

We are all learning together

We will get through this.

Morgan K.


Praise student effort

Encourage student learning

Show love with learning

Allison C.


Learning from afar

Social distancing the norm

In this together

Rachel K.


Students learn from home

Teachers must be flexible

We must do our part.

Mimi K.


Educate Online

Learning in the unknown world

You are not alone

MacKenzie D.


Read sad news daily

Taking long walks to kitchen

Missing family

Katie M.


At home and alone,

Students and teachers will work

To connect and learn.

Kendra J.


Difficult to learn.

Learning new things can be hard.

Use your time wisely.

Noah P.


Learning from afar

The future is yet unknown

We will get through this

Alyssa W.


Corona virus

Pandemic, please don’t panic

The end is in sight

Kayla B.


Sitting at home with

School work to do and nowhere

To go but at home

Erika B.


Essential working

Stuck at home with my kittens

Containing homework

Brianna D.


I really don’t like

Working from home all alone

COVID needs to go.

Allyson J. 


Teach yourself at home

Not sure when all this will end

We need to be strong

Carla R.

A huge appreciation shout out to our SMSU teacher candidates for sharing their hearts. Thank you! ❤ Stay healthy, everyone.

Stay Calm and Write a Poem!
Profs Dr. Wendy. & Dr. V.


Everyone Needs A “Shop”

My hubby is a skilled woodworker. He has built some gorgeous projects over the years. Ping Pong Tables, Cribs, Murphy Beds, TV Entertainment Centers. Amazing (startling impressive) stuff. Check out his chalkboard murphy bunk bed! 👇 Our grandkids LOVE it.

But…woodworking is not his profession. He actually works as a computer ‘architect’ or as we laypeople know it…a computer programmer/engineer.

Sometimes…this work fries his brain.

Think about it…we have issues with our computers and we go totally bonkers. We send in a loud, panicked SOS to our Tech department for help (thank you SMSU Tech folks for putting up with us ❤). My hubby is like the Tech department…kind of.

He writes programs using Java Language (and, no, he told me that does not mean coffee🤷‍☕). Then when there is a ‘bug’ in the program, he is called upon to figure it out and get rid of those bugs. He strains his brain. He stretches his debugging skills trying to figure out the problem until those skills almost snap.  🧨

Now and again, this debugging can take days, yes DAYS, to solve the issue. Nasty bugs!! 🕷 So…needless to say, when he comes home (well, now when he comes out of the home office since we are all working remotely 🙄) he is a tad bit stressed out. A tad bit mentally exhausted at the end of his work day.

His release??

He goes to his shop. That is where he builds things.  And that is where he ‘de-stresses.’

COVID 19 has a lot of folks stressing, including us. I’d say we are getting a little irritable around here. So how do we find balance in all this? How do we de-stress? My advice is…we all need our own “shop.” What is YOUR “shop?” What is it that you love to do? What is something that will help you let go of stress?

Some like to run, ride bike, or go for a walk (🙋 That’s me). Some may want to write a story, read a book, or listen to a podcast. Others may enjoy singing or dancing or just listening to their favorite tunes. Some might choose to draw, play games, watch a movie, or play an instrument like a guitar or piano. Maybe some want to learn a new skill like playing the ukulele. 🎻

Maybe someone needs to blow off steam by pounding the piano keys like Mr. Rogers did when he was frustrated, or maybe someone needs to go outside and whack a tennis ball against the garage door over and over (🙋 that used to be me when I was a kid).  

Minnesota was given a Stay Home Executive Order yesterday. Now more than ever…I ask you, what is YOUR “shop?” Find your “shop” and de-stress. ❤

Please share with us in the comments how you are de-stressing during this trying time.

Stay Calm and Find Your “Shop!”
Profs Dr. Wendy. & Dr. V.

Virtual teaching SOS! – Part II 

Hello? Hello? Are you out there? Oh – now we can see you! Zoom. Just like that. We shared our part I of Virtual teaching SOS!  

Before going any further, take a breath and know that you can do this! Then, watch this Youtube video:  I Will Survive, Coronavirus version for teachers going online

 What to do now that you have taken a much needed deep breath? We want to share some incredible ideas with you as you charter these educational waters virtually. Tossing some lifesavers your way to help you and your learners navigate the virtual waters of learning. We asked our teacher educator colleagues from the SMSU School of Education and across campus to contribute resources to share out with you.  A quick shoutout to our talented SMSU colleagues for responding to our request: Drs. Rhonda Bonnstetter, Sarah Huseby, Kandy Noles Stevens, Frankie Albitz, Kris Cleveland, Debbie VanOverbeke … thank you for your efforts to support our teacher candidates and educators everywhere! 

Before checking out the list of resources, we want to share our support and thank all the healthcare and emergency workers on the front lines and all essential workers who cannot stay home with their families in order to care for the greater good. Thank you and our continued prayers go out for your safety!

What awesome ideas do you have to share? Please let us know! We need each other and our creative ideas now more than ever. Take care! 

Stay Calm & Teach On!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V.  

Art Work:

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free online art lessons

Literacy & Teaching English as a Second Language:

This site is great for elementary teachers and reads books in English & 43 different languages!
This site, much like Rosetta Stone, teaches students new languages – set the language to English and our English learners can continue their language learning.
Great for a variety of subjects – and for our English learners with a primary language in Spanish, Kahn Academy in Spanish!
Great for a variety of subjects!  For English learners, use the English Language Arts tab.
A site that allows you to create quizzes – both for individual practice and for a game-like atmosphere. 

Variety of Ideas and Websites:

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Online Learning At Home

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Films and Videos:

Virtual Field Trips: 

National Parks

Movement and Phy Ed: 

Making Videos & Web Conferencing Tools: 

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Emotional Learning:


Additional links to even more resources… 

Universal Design for Learning:


UDL Strategies:

CAST UDL Resources: 


Tom Foley, SMSU Alumnus –

Kandy Noles Stevens, ABD – Online Resources.docx

Need more? Check out this amazing list of educational resources…

Need even more resources? Additional resources are available at the bottom of the MN Learning Commons page: as well as at Minnesota State:

Detailed Google doc, written by Jenae Cohn and Beth Seltzer:

Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start:

Please do a bad job of putting your courses online:

Project-Based Learning:

Differentiated Instruction:

Center on Online Learning and Students with disabilities:

AMTE Webinars

Virtual Teaching SOS!

Blog sos life saver

Virtual teaching SOS! What to do? Educators, are you wondering what to do in these unprecedented times? We are too so we want to share some ideas with you as you charter these educational waters virtually. Tossing some lifesavers your way to help you and your learners navigate. We asked our teacher educator colleagues to contribute some resources to share out with you. Stay tuned for these fabulous ideas that will be posted later this week! For now, here are a few ideas and our own stories of this experience to share with you.

Legos®…who doesn’t enjoy playing with Legos®? Wendy’s grandson was given these Lego® ideas from his teacher. Look at what he created. Future engineer. 👏🏼  He sent it to his teacher using SeeSaw and she commented on it. So awesome.  Alright Vierstraete boys…challenge is on. Can you create something bigger and better than what my 8-year-old grandson did??? 😃

Meanwhile on the shores of Chez Vierstraete, we are continuing to focus on social distancing and doing our part… and apparently the only and meanest parents on Earth doing this. Attempting to structure the day while we wait for virtual school to resume on March 30th. Day 1 – We are focusing on the small stuff. Be active, take care of Stella (the family St. Bernard), and read with hopes of taking a virtual field trip later today if we survive our time isolated together. We might work up to the Legos® challenge tomorrow? 😉

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In all seriousness, this is needed, and we do support and thank all the healthcare workers on the front lines and all workers who cannot stay home with their families in order to care for the greater good. Thank you and our prayers go out for you.

So…educators (which is really all of us)- what awesome ideas do you have to share? Please let us know in the comments! We need each other and our creative ideas now more than ever. Take care!

Stay Calm & Teach On! 
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V.