Ontario’s DeWitt embraces change and challenges in online distance learning model

May Roberts Elementary School teacher Carol DeWitt credits biweekly virtual meeting with other teachers in the Ontario School District as a key ingredient to her success in a distance learning instruction model. (Submitted photo).

ONTARIO – Fifth grade teacher Carol DeWitt likes change and she likes a good challenge. Distance learning has offered plenty of both.

DeWitt teaches 27 students at May Roberts Elementary this year. She meets once a week with her class via video – Tuesdays for about an hour and a half. The meetings have proven a popular respite for kids during the pandemic. DeWitt has used the time to help students connect with each other.

One student recently shared a song, others introduced classmates to their pets, one boy even takes the class on a tour each week of the garden he is helping with . . .