First grade teacher takes students on virtual field trips

Teacher takes students on virtual field trips

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Schools in Arkansas have been closed for over a month due to COVID-19, and teachers are finding new and innovative ways to keep their students engaged.

Since first graders at Microsociety Magnet School in Jonesboro could not go on their field trips this year due to coronavirus, a teacher decided to take them on field trips virtually.

“It’s definitely been a learning experience," said Emily Walls, who teaches first grade.

It is an experience that Walls has taken along with her students.

"I decided to take you on another virtual field trip and today we’re at the farm,” Walls said in one of her online lessons.

The virtual field trip is just one part of the lesson.

“We talked in class all about the farm and you guys had lots of good questions about the farm, what it looked like, what all we did on the farm and so today I decided to bring you down here," Walls said.

Walls, who is in her first year of teaching, said learning is more than just worksheets. She believes experiences teach kids the most.

“That was kind of one thing I wanted to do with these virtual field trips was give them an experience over just different worksheets they could do,” Walls said. “That way, they could kind of connect those pieces in their mind and learn something different that they can look back on later."

Her students are not the only ones enjoying these videos. Other teachers have also shared them on social media.

“I know they’ve been sharing them on their Facebook pages and with their friends and families and showing it to their own kids at home,” Walls said.

Even though she has enjoyed teaching her students in this unique way, Walls cannot wait to get back into the classroom, and back to her students.

“I can’t wait until I get to give you all a big hug at the end of this,” Walls said.

To watch the videos visit her Facebook page.

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