One JFK Intermediate student wouldn't let surgery get in the way of his learning.
When Steven, a fifth grader at the Deer Park school, was placed on long-term medical leave earlier in the year following surgery, his teacher turned to technology to help keep him connected to the classroom.
John Colford and Steven used Skype to virtually connect the class to the student's bedside each day for their morning meetings, lessons and activities. Steven actively participated in class discussions through Skype.
Steven was able also to take part in read-aloud time when the school librarian visited the classroom.
“It’s very clear to see the spirit that Steven brings to the dynamics of the class,” said Colford. “The students loved interacting with him through Skype. It also allowed him to be included and to not fall behind simply because he is at home.”
To supplement the Skype chats, Colford also sent worksheets home to Steven, who also received two hours of instruction from a teacher every night, along with his speech and physical therapies.
Steven returned to school in early January.
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