- School Life
To help better connect their virtual and in-person students, fifth grade teachers Alice Kroh and Sally Miller began creating breakout rooms during their morning arrival and lunch periods for their students to talk with their friends in a social setting.
Sally said having that connection with the virtual and in-person is really important. “When you are in the classroom and doing a Zoom meeting, you don’t necessarily get that organic interaction between students. With the virtual lunches, they really get to keep those relationships with their friends alive, despite not getting to see them in-person on a daily basis."
Alice added, "Virtual students have a lot going on, and we ask them to stay organized and alert from their home environment. I view this social time as dessert for a job well done. They are showing up at lunch and morning time every day, because they can't wait for the time to connect with a friend. When they do return, they will feel much more connected to their classmates."