How can we maintain our theme for the remainder of the year when we’re not at school together? One way is to consider how we are all experiencing a worldwide story together. How does our story match and differ from our neighbors’ stories? Empathy is necessary to maintain our motivation to stay physically distant from each other. We need to keep one another well! This is a real-life example of a story both within and without ourselves that can help us make positive choices about our own behavior.
Sometimes, we need stories to distract and amuse us, though. Quarantine is sometimes lonely and hard! Books and movies are helpful; so are podcasts. If you haven’t explored any of the following, give them a try. They are known for their strong story-telling: “The Socially Awkward Podcast” (comedy), “Welcome to Night Vale” (spooky), “The Moth” (slice of life), and “This American Life” (slice of life).
Many companies are offering free resources for students during this time of Covid. If you are looking for a good digital or audio book, here are some resources. Junior Library Guild is a subscription service for libraries which features new titles each month. Many become award winners. They are offering their whole catalog to students [...]
Former VSAA teacher Angela Haseltine Pozzi founded a nonprofit association called Washed Ashore that collects garbage washed up on the Oregon coast and turns it into art. The nonprofit has so much demand for their work--art, cleanup, and curriculum--that they can't keep up. Find out more
Do you like audio books? If you have a library card with Fort Vancouver Regional Library, you can check out audio books for free and listen to them at home on your Chromebook. Visit libbyapp.com and have your library card number ready. You can link the app with your card and even place audio books [...]
School is a place to learn to read and also to read to learn. Students begin learning letters and sounds and by the time they are through the primary grades they are reading longer passages and beginning to understand that reading is a skill they will need in all subject areas. Sometimes students begin to [...]