Virtual storytelling

I’ve done two virtual sessions with the Columbia students. Monday’s class was second graders who I had as first graders last year so they knew me. It’s still weird to be reading to a screen versus live, wiggly children. All seemed to go well and I learned that I can get papers to them through the lunch pickup program. It’s held at the school whereas I thought the district had farmed out the lunch pickups to a variety of different sites rather than the child’s school. Glad to learn that information is wrong and they can get their meals at their own school site.

This week’s story was Last Stop on Market Street. CJ and his nana go cross-town, on a city bus, after church, to serve in a soup kitchen. CJ feels sorry for himself, but in the end he “bounces back” when he realizes that nana always sees the beautiful in everything and everybody and if he just looks around, he might, too. We talked about how CJ and his nana left the church building and did good work, just like we can do lots of learning outside of the school building.


Virtual storytelling

13 responses to “Virtual storytelling

  1. You look like you’re having so much fun!

  2. This is so much fun! You look fabulous and I know the kids must have been thrilled to see you.

  3. I like your blouse. It’s better than the uniform.

  4. I love that you are incorporating your new role into your header. It’s perfect! You are very talented in many different ways. 🙂

  5. How do you know what you look like to the children? i.e., if you’re holding up the book, how do you know if they’re seeing the whole book… I’m a totally inexperienced live computer/zoom user. My current desktop computer has no microphone and no camera. LOL

    • Excellent questions. I can see myself on screen with some of the students and the teacher. One of the teachers and I worked beforehand on where I should stand and how close to get the book to the screen. It’s not an easy thing to do and I feel for the teachers who do this all day long. I’m only “on” for 30 minutes and when I click “leave” on my screen, I am exhausted. You put lots of emotional as well as physical energy into the presentation.

  6. Wow, I can just imagine! It feels ‘foreign’ to me… I have hard enough time using my phone to take a photo!! LOL We were at Home Depot today and I used my phone to take a photo of the SKU for the blocks. I then took my phone up to the register to pay for the 45 blocks. I have to laugh here because although I finally managed to get the picture taken, my phone went black and the clerk at the register had to take my phone and hit keys to bring the image back up. Unreal… Next thing I knew, she was handing my phone back to me and she’d rung up the entire purchase. Amazing.

    • I love to have young people help me out. When I was teaching, I used lots of technology. Many times I didn’t know how to use an application or a piece of equipment (especially video type stuff), and I would tell my students, “you figure it out and show the rest of us.” And you know what, they did!

  7. dk, I haven’t had the energy to respond to your wonderful blog lately as I travel this new cancer journey, but you’ve given me so much delight, as always. I’m so glad to hear that you’re back at doing what you do so well – reaching dear, wiggly children with delight and wisdom!

  8. Wonderful shirt too. 🙂

    • My goal for this virtual storytelling is to wear bright colors. I had already thought about that last year, before the shutdown, as I was tired of wearing the uniform shirt provided by the police department as it was dark navy.

  9. I love the flamingo shirt and your haircut. Lookin’ good, story lady. Kids love for someone to read to them. I remember a teacher who used to read to us. I looked forward to it every day.

  10. That looks fun! You look very happy!

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