Story by School News Network–How does a teacher create opportunities for her new class of third-grade distance learners to get to know one another? If you’re Knapp Forest Elementary teacher Sarah Bruha, you start a pen pal exchange. Bruha’s class of 37 (yes, thirty-seven!) third-graders — whose usual schools are Knapp Forest and Orchard View — are getting practice writing names, spelling, punctuation, and grammar while they learn about peers they may have only met on-screen.
“I’m excited to get it in the mail, and to read it and to write back,” said Sri Aluri, who drew a picture on her first letter to classmate Ximena Martinez of the two girls holding hands. Easha Venkatesh agreed about the letter-writing. “I actually never did that, except to Santa,” she confided. Scott Cahill read his first letter aloud: “Dear Miles, I’ve been waiting a long time for this. … My favorite classes are gym and math. What are your favorite classes?”
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