With kitchen tables becoming classrooms and screen shares substituting for blackboards, educators are adapting and innovating to bring kids together during stay-at-home orders. After a few weeks without having the resources connected to the classroom, virtual sessions are allowing teachers to reconnect with students and inspire them with new lessons.
But just like the conference calls, virtual meetings, and video chats that have consumed commerce, the transition to congregating through computers has many challenges. The dreaded daily all-team video chat where people forget to mute their mics can only be magnified by 10 with young learners to high school seniors shifting to a new platform for enrichment.
With teachers crafting lesson plans, Republic FC players and coaches want to provide a resource and a helping hand. Beginning this week, Republic FC’s coaches and players are starting to pop into the virtual classrooms of students from around the region.
“The excitement was instant! It was the perfect pick-me-up for our class” said second-grade teacher Jennifer Gravvat. “Thank you so much for giving us this opportunity. We’re building on Hayden’s visit by having our students do some writing related to his surprise.”
From Q&A’s to reading books and working through math problems and sharing their musical knowledge, Republic FC coaches and players are excited about how they can assist teacher on a new playing field.
In the first few sessions, many of the kids wanted to share their personal sports stories – about their team, how much they miss practice, and how they can’t wait to see a game. A few ran off to grab their SRFC scarves and proudly sported their Old Glory Red.
“It was so much fun! The class was so engaged and had so many great questions. I’m glad that I could help bring a special moment to a classroom, especially when students can’t get together,” said Republic FC Defender Hayden Sargis. “Thank you to Ms. Gravvat for inviting me to join in! I can’t wait for the next one.”
In just 24 hours, 10 school districts have already arranged 40 appointments through May 20 – and the club is hoping to fill out many more.
If you know an educator looking for a helping hand with their distance learning plans or want to invite a player or coach to your classroom, complete our form to reserve a time today!
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