Mainspring Academy staff have been hard at work implementing distance learning in order to deliver quality instruction to our special education students during the school closure brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
School faculty are interacting remotely through live, interactive Zoom classes. Classes start off with a morning meeting similar to their daily classroom routine and include peer greetings, interactive songs with movement, and teacher interaction through comprehension of the calendar, weather, and relevant current events. Teachers present academic lessons provided by a curriculum used during the normal school year, Unique Learning System (ULS). Students are also able to independently interact with their ULS student accounts to review that week’s lesson on their own time. Classes also touch on weekly themes tailored to what they are working on in the classroom, such as hygiene, chores, cleaning, animals, and more!
In addition to live class meetings, students are also offered interactive, online learning opportunities through Raz-Kids, Brain Pop Jr., i-Ready, Boom Learning, and individual worksheets and reading assignments. Teacher’s Assistants are also uploading weekly supplemental lessons to our YouTube channel, not only maintaining the enrichment activities we typically provide like art, PE, dance, music, and vocational lessons, but also adding new activities such as cooking and Zumba. Our students are doing an amazing job adapting to their new routine and are engaged, especially when they see their friends!
During this time of uncertainty, Mainspring is proud to say we have created a rich online experience for our students, giving them the consistency they deserve! We would like to thank our parents for their continued flexibility and for their commitment to their children’s education. We truly have a wonderful school community! For calendar updates, please click here.