Brooklyn City Schools students have demonstrated a great deal of flexibility, resilience, and personal growth throughout the ongoing transition to online learning. This involves students of all ability levels, including those with special learning needs. Brooklyn High School Intervention Specialist Julie McGarey serves students with a wide variety of learning needs and abilities by adapting and differentiating classroom lessons in Math and Science, as well as Employability Skills and Life Skills classes designed to prepare students for their respective futures.
With the switch to online learning, students in the employability skills class were no longer able to complete vocational training in-school and at outside locations such as the Brooklyn Senior Center and Brooklyn Pointe. Students were asked to complete household tasks such setting the table and washing and drying dishes. To help students from feeling overwhelmed, Mrs. McGarey created visual graphics listing the steps to complete each job. As a result, students have been successful in carrying out each task while contributing to the well-being of their household!
Students in Mrs. McGarey’s classroom have also successfully learned how to independently check email, log into online assignments, as well as respond to and participate on ZOOM video conference calls. Several students also took advantage of opportunities outside of school by independently registering and participating with online dance classes through Beyond Words Music and Dance Center. The above accomplishments demonstrate significant progress in personal learning growth! In addition to the above activities, students have participated in video scavenger hunts to locate everyday objects around their house.
Congratulations to the students in Mrs. McGarey’s class for their hard work, perseverance, and achievements!