No Classroom, No Problem: Teacher Brings 'On-Lawn' Learning To Students Stuck At Home
She wanted a way to keep seeing her students while social distancing.
With schools around the country still closed because of the coronavirus, teachers have been doing their best to provide virtual learning experiences to help their students stay connected.
One teacher in South Burlington, VT has come up with a unique way to keep her students thinking creatively while also getting some fresh air.
Art teacher Sue Mowrer Adamson has taken her lesson plans off-line and "on-lawn" by creating an art gallery in her front yard for students and others passing by to enjoy while still practicing social distancing.
Adamson's "6 Feet Apart Gallery" features art displays and interactive art projects. Sue Mowrer Adamson/Facebook
"Kids will tell me they're coming by to look at it, so I can come out and wave to them," Adamson told WVTM-13. "It's been very communal."
Adamson calls her project the "6 Feet Apart Gallery," and along with displaying the work of some of her favorite artists like Keith Haring and Pablo Picasso, she provides plenty of fun, interactive learning activities for families to take part in when they visit.
Some days the lessons are specific, like creating line drawings in the likeness of abstract artist Joan Miro. Other days Adamson leaves out markers, tracing paper and other supplies so that kids can go "totally rogue" and see where their creativity takes them.
Sometimes Adamson gives specific lessons, other times she encourages students to just be creative. Sue Mowrer Adamson/Facebook
Adamson always leaves some Clorox beach and paper towels nearby so that people can wipe down surfaces before and after they're done working on projects.
For rainy days, Adamsom encourages families to take a few of her homemade "Draw This" cards that have different drawing prompts on them to do at home.
The gallery has been a hit, with students and their families stopping by daily to check out the display and take part in the lessons.
"I biked by before and looked at it and yeah, it's been pretty cool," one student who lives in the neighborhood said.
Families in the neighborhood have been enjoying the outdoor gallery during quarantine. Sue Mowrer Adamson/Facebook
While Adamson is happy that people are participating in the gallery, she says it's no substitute for seeing her students in the classroom every day.
"Some kids that come in for hugs or lunch or all sorts of things that, I mean, I need them as much as they need me," she said.
What an awesome and creative way to keep kids during the quarantine. Hopefully, other teachers will take Adamson's lead and take their lessons outdoors!