Alternative Learning Plan Teacher Diaries is a series that highlights stories of Rockwood School District teachers as they continue instruction from home while maintaining relationships and keeping students connected to school and classmates.
Jamie Cobb, third-grade teacher, Uthoff Valley Elementary
Number of Years Taught at Uthoff Valley: 8
We are in this together. That's a statement third-grade teacher Jamie Cobb recently shared with her students and their families.
"I want my students to know that I will always be here for them, and I love them," said Cobb. "Every time we log in to a Zoom meeting, I get so excited to see their smiling faces. We participate in virtual Beyblades battles, scavenger hunts and hangman, and I love using my green screen to change the background before meetings based off of my students' interests."
Although Cobb and her students are unable to physically spend time together, she has maintained a strong connection and sense of casualness. Her third-graders submit a daily check-in Google form. The purpose of the form is for students to communicate how they are feeling and to provide details of the book they are reading.
"Third grade at Uthoff Valley has always used a daily 'Must-Do, Can-Do' list pushed out to them through Google Classroom for both reading and math, so we have adapted that to a weekly list for the students," said Cobb.
Giving students and parents choices on how and when to complete schoolwork has enhanced the bond.
"My grade-level team has worked hard to provide options for classwork that do not require internet access," said Cobb. "All of our lives are different right now, and every family needs something flexible to meet their needs."
Cobb and her teammates have also created short tutorial videos on technology needs of students.
"When one family asks for help, we don't hesitate to just make a quick video so that the tips can be shared with all families," she said.
As both a Rockwood teacher and parent, Cobb said she is grateful to be a part of a school district that supports families and values connections.
"We have been given so much support and grace to do what we feel is best for our kids," she said. "These kids are amazing, and I miss them dearly."