Although Mansfield ISD teachers cannot be physically in the classroom during this coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown, they are still finding creative ways to teach and stay connected with students.
Mary Costa, P.E. teacher at Martha Reid Leadership Academy, did fitness challenges with her kids every week in class. When distance learning began, she wanted to find a way to keep that tradition going.
"Once we started this extended break, I was trying to find a way to still incorporate those challenges with the kids, so I made my first Facebook video," Costa explained.
She said she received such a great response from her video that she created her own P.E. YouTube channel.
"By making these videos, I was able to reach the kids and still make those strong connections and become their greatest cheerleader and their biggest fan," said Costa.
The coach noted that although her classes may look different now, her goal is still the same.
"Exercise should be fun, and if I can help it to be fun, I love it!"
At Erma Nash Elementary School, pre-kindergarten teacher Marisela Aramino wants to keep the love of learning going for those young minds.
She is finding unique ways to spark conversation, expand vocabulary and get them ready for kindergarten.
"Their minds are little sponges. They're muscles that we began growing and expanding, and we want to keep that going," said Aramino.
Literacy and numeracy are a big part of the day-to-day lessons. Aramino said she is also using this time to teach her kids positivity despite the circumstances.
"I create weekly check-in videos, where I ask my students to tell me what they're happy and grateful for, and I share what I'm happy and grateful for."
The pre-K teacher said the students are at the beginning of their academic career, and she is continuing to build upon that knowledge through different home activities that can be done with or without the internet.
For the health and well-being of the Mansfield ISD community as measures continue to be taken to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), MISD schools, offices and facilities will remain closed.
The district will continue to monitor the situation and stay in contact with health officials and local authorities to determine a safe date to reopen.
For the latest information, visit the MISD comprehensive COVID-19 web page.