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One of the best parts about teaching in the spring is exposing students to the magic of seeds, planting, and the final products such efforts produce. You may think these kinds of hands on activities are not transferable to an online school environment. However, Heather Grimes, Kindergarten and First Grade teacher at Kansas Virtual Academy (KSVA), has proven this theory wrong! Throughout the past two months, Mrs. Grimes has taken KSVA students on an interactive online adventure exploring the life cycle of plants. 

In March, Mrs. Grimes began a unit on plants. During live class, Mrs. Grimes used a document camera and webcam to plant seeds with students. While she planted these items, students were able to follow along from their home classrooms. Below are some snapshots of Mrs. Grimes using her webcam and document camera to plant the seeds during live class. If desired, students could also replicate this process in their homes.  

As the weeks progressed, Mrs. Grimes continued to teach about the life cycle of plants, including topics such as importance of watering plants and allowing for proper temperatures and sunlight.

What a big day it was when the plants were transferred from the small containers to Mrs. Grimes’ outdoor garden bed. The plants are flourishing, and Mrs. Grimes provides pictures for student to discuss the maturation of the plants. She took her students on a walk through her garden during class, where they were able to share their observations.

With the use of technology, Mrs. Grimes brought the plant life cycle to her students as they learned in their home classrooms across the state. She truly incorporated magic of spring into her online classroom!

About The Author

Jo Marie Bolick

Jo Marie Bolick is a math teacher for Insight School of Kansas (ISKS) and Kansas Virtual Academy (KSVA). She began working at ISKS in 2009 shortly after the birth of her first son and has taught a variety of math classes. Prior to ISKS, Jo Marie spent four years teaching 8th grade at Washburn Rural Middle School in Topeka, Kansas. She currently works with high school students and enjoys cultivating interest in mathematics in an online environment. Jo Marie graduated from Washburn University with a bachelor's degree in mathematics, specializing in secondary education, and she holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kansas. For Jo Marie, teaching online is the perfect fit. She was never good a choosing teacher clothes and decorating bulletin boards. Most of all she cherishes the opportunity to build relationships with students state-wide. Outside of teaching she enjoys running, gardening, and being outdoors with her husband and three sons.

One Response

  1. Misty

    We are very lucky and blessed to have such a wonderful teacher!! We love our Mrs. Grimes!!!


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