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E-Learning Update: 3/31 Read

Creativity in e-learning

Wheaton Academy has been practicing e-learning since 2014. With six years of experience, we are well equipped to offer students an excellent online educational experience amidst this time of uncertainty and crisis.

Tour Our Virtual Classroom Spaces

Listen in as our teachers share about what they are doing to keep students engaged in creative e-learning tasks.

Art

with Mr. McCallum
"I've been hosting a daily E-Learning Cooking Show on Instagram Live. This is how I like my class to be, spontaneous, engaging, diverse and humorous. I've also been hosting a Google Meet critique where we gather in the "Fam Zone" to share and encourage each other in what we've created. Last, I'm live streaming on Twitch where I draw for 2 hours and chat with students who are able to join me. "
@wavisualart on insta

Spanish

with Mrs. Rivera
"In Spanish classes, we are creating many ways for students to continue to engage with other students remotely. In addition to hosting google hangouts, we are using Flipgrid where students must answer a question in a video response. Then students watch other students´ videos and comment on what they say in a video. In addition, we have created online tours to Mexico City for our Spanish 2 students who are studying city life in Mexico City."
Explore Flipgrid

Bible

with Mr. Musso
"In a recent assignment, I asked students to spend 20 minutes in prayer. During their prayer time, they could walk, prayer-journal, or simply be still. I want to provide moments for students to connect with God during this chaotic and anxious time. Hard circumstances have the ability to either draw us towards God or drive us away. I believe the difference between the two is how we pursue and experience God in the midst of those hard times."
Read Student Responses

Social Studies

with Mr. Jasper
"I enjoy setting up the school day by recording a video to share things like current events, a passage of Scripture, and a prayer. It's been fun seeing students work collaboratively on google docs, analyzing video clips, images of the Vietnam War, and crafting thoughtful responses."

Business

with Mr. Broman
"I have been creating YouTube videos to share business content with students—right now we are talking about budgeting and learning about the college loans process. I have had students present information through YouTube videos and engage with their parents by interviewing them about budgeting."
Watch a Lesson

Physical Education

with Mr. Thompson
"In PE class, I give students an at-home workout each day, and they submit a post-workout selfie when they’re done. It is especially important for students to remain committed to pursuing a healthy lifestyle during this season."
Watch an At-Home Workout

Continued Commitment to Learning

At Wheaton Academy, we believe learning must be the constant, but the methods to learning can vary. This philosophy helped generate our off-campus learning day approach several years ago. Technology allowed our students to have access to their teachers and resources to promote learning in a new way–and during times where traditional style of teaching was unavailable. When learning is the focus, teachers can creatively execute a lesson’s objectives and challenge students to approach a topic differently. Online learning also equips students to learn with 21st century mediums.

Mr. Burick, our Instructional Technology Director reflects, “Wheaton Academy has transitioned very well to e-learning. So many things have contributed to this success: each student has a Surface Pro 6, we have a learning management system where assignments are posted and work is submitted, our teachers are using technology and curriculum to create meaningful assignments and give clear feedback, and our tech support team is committed to dealing with any issues as quickly as possible.”

Although this situation is not ideal, we have not skipped a beat in our commitment to learning. The academic rigor of classes have remained, and students will continue to be challenged and will continue to learn well over these next few weeks.

Chemistry

with Ms. Johnson
"In chemistry we are learning about types of chemical reactions—synthesis, decomposition, single replacement, double replacement, and combustion. For e-learning this week, students were challenged to demonstrate those types of reactions using household object in the kitchen, with their siblings."
See Student Work

Physics

with Mr. Tollefsen
"In Physics, we have been replicating labs as a simulation or with tools found at home. In regular physics, students can pour a glass of water and use it as a lens to discover how light bends through different substances. Online simulations come with their own programing that students must learn and play with. The process of discovering tools that will help you find the information you need to get a job done is all part of growing in independence. "
Prism Simulation

Media

with Mr. Hockett
"My students have been working on personal vlogs, hoping to be able to air some on next week’s WAtv episode. In vlogs, students are sharing their personal experiences during these unique and trying times. They are addressing their current situation, and how it is affecting their relationships and faith. In addition to sharing these videos with our community, I am working with a high school on the East Coast to trade vlog experiences and videos."
Watch a Vlog

Dance

with Mrs. Woelfel
"In my Advanced Dance class, students are recording their 'Words Choreography Project' where they choreograph a solo inspired by either a word, a poem, or piece of scripture. This prompt has pushed them a lot in their movement because they are not allowed to use music in their choreography! Students chose words like: Fear, Escape, Healing, and even poems that they have written themselves."
Watch a Dance

Math

with Mrs. Gregersen
"I have been using the meeting app Zoom to interact with students and review our class material. This week, I held review sessions to help students study for the summative assessment they would be taking the next day at home. During my geometry advanced review, I had twelve students logged in and watching. I wish you could have seen them waving and greeting one another. I have also been using Zoom to answer questions in quick 1-to-1 meetings with students."
Experience 1-to-1 Review

English

with Ms. Engebretsen
"We are taking what we do best in the classroom—improving communication skills and learning from stories—and using technology to enhance it. Sophomores are recording StoryCorps interviews with their grandparents. Their goal is to sit down and learn something new about their lives and listen to the stories they have to tell."
Tools Students Use

What Students have to Say

Continuing to build our Community

Though we aren’t able to gather in person, we are still finding creative ways to build community. This week, we premiered our first-ever virtual coffee house, hosted live by two student emcees and featuring sixteen performances.

Spring Break Resources

Our Students Services team created this Spring Break resource packet for families. We hope these ideas help you as you prepare to spend spring break at home with your family.

Encourage kids to disconnect and take a break from school so that they can come back feeling refreshed and renewed — as long as they are all caught up with their work.  Have fun as a family! Here are some ideas of activities to pass the time during quarantine:

    • Cooking contest (bake something new, most creative meal, best tasting meal from just pantry items, etc.)
    • Meme contest (funniest or most creative wins a prize)
    • Read a new book together
    • Exercise as a family – try Coach Swider’s Spring Break Strength Challenge 
    • Play games (Ball family favorites include Ticket to Ride and Codenames) 
    • Video games with your kids
    • Family devotional 
    • Get outside! Go for walks together, play soccer
    • Spend time in prayer for one another – check out our prayer wall to read prayer requests from our community
    • Teach your kids a new skill – cooking, gardening, financial planning!
    • FaceTime coffee dates with family and friends 

Free Video for Coping with Anxiety from a Biblical Perspective
From being distant from the Wheaton Academy community to worry about the virus, students have a heightened sense of anxiety. This informational video, made with teens in mind, is meant to be watched by the whole family to facilitate discussions on  healthy, biblical ways to cope with anxiety. Biblical practices paired with clinical research on anxiety make this video a great resource for anyone who feels the need to combat fear with God’s truth.

Passion Planner’s Free Community Resources 
The list from Passion Planner includes several resources for mental health.  In addition to these, we wanted to recommend the Sanvello app. Sanvello offers clinically validated techniques to cope with stress, anxiety, and depression.  The app also includes resources for mood tracking, sleep, mindful meditation, cognitive-behavioral therapy strategies, and more. The company has released specific information about anxiety surrounding COVID-19,  and they are currently offering the app for free to the public. 

Additionally, maintaining some routine, getting enough sleep, eating well, and getting exercise are all very important for mental and emotional health.  

More resources:

  • Taking a walk and getting fresh air
  • Intentional deep breathing
  • Calm App – offers free mindful meditations, deep breathing, sleep stories, etc.  
  • Talking to family and friends
  • Journaling
  • Drawing
  • Listening to relaxing or uplifting music
  • Eat a snack, drink some water (stop the “hangry” in its tracks)
  • Weighted blanket
  • Download this PDF for more strategies to combating anxiety

Consider monitoring and/or limiting use of social media.  With more time at home and away from their friends, many will turn to social media more often—adding to feelings of isolation, loneliness, comparison, anxiety, self-consciousness, etc. 

It can be tempting to allow more freedom without the normal routine of school drop-off.  However, sticking with normal mealtime/bedtime routines can help kids have some predictability in a very unpredictable situation.  This also helps them get enough sleep, which we all know helps everyone involved!

Here are a few articles that talk about setting up routines and their importance, especially during this time. You may need to modify some of the suggestions due to the ages of your children, but they are still helpful.

Why Kids Need Routines

10 Reasons a Daily Routine is Important

Coach Swider's Spring Break Strength Training

Coach Swider created a spring break strength training program to help you and your family stay active.

Student Services Availability Over Spring Break

As we walk through these circumstances, students will have a variety of reactions, including stress, anxiety, fear, and other negative emotions. If there is a crisis over Spring Break, Wheaton Academy’s Student Services team is available to support your student. If you need to reach one of our staff members you can email:

Spiritual Life

Throughout this time of uncertainty, teachers and staff have offered not only academic continuity, but spiritual care through prayer, encouragement, class devotions, and even virtual chapel.

What Parents have to Say

What is Flipgrid?

Students Reflect on Prayer

“I was so happy that I was able to stop and rest and thank God for everything He has done/is doing for me. It was also a great opportunity for me to pray for things that have been on my heart.”

“I loved this activity! It helped me relax and find peace while at home, it was a nice break from staring at the screen too.”

“I think that this is a  quality e-learning day assignment because it gives us time to spend with God and can be a very calming exercise during this season of anxiety and worry.”

“I wrote prayers and prayed through scripture for 20 minutes. This was a good time to just rest and be still. It’s nice to have an assignment that is not on my computer and allows me to take time to spend with the Lord”

“I got to go outside and feel good that I was completing an assignment at the same time. It also causes students to do something they should already be doing but there’s incentive behind it which is great. I also feel that our class particularly would take this super seriously and absolutely love it! Thanks for letting me slow down for a little so I could catch up on other things and spend time with God!”

Watch Sterling's At-Home Workout

Chemistry Homework

Watch Sarah's Vlog

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March 21, 2020

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Abby dances the word "Escape"

Jesus Calms the Storm

A few months ago, I asked my colleagues in the science department what their favorite miracle was. I was pleased and surprised to find that we agreed that, “Jesus, calming the storm” was the most popular and certainly significant among the miracles that Jesus performed. For me Jesus calming the storm stands apart from the other miracles. You see Jesus commanded inanimate objects, atoms and molecules in motion (both in the gas form and the liquid form) to be, “still”. To be exact about it he said, “Peace! Be Still!”. For those that have studied science, this command of our Lord seems oddly different than what we are used to. In Physics we define work as an object having motion, we understand in Chemistry that kinematics as being part of chemical reactions, so to with Biology. So, this command is different, these objects do not have a will, no ears to hear a command and then decide to obey, they obeyed their master and creator demands. He spoke them into existence, and he is only telling them to stop making waves in the sea and wind in the air. The timing was such that to the disciples there was no mistake that could be made between the Lord’s command and the calming of the storm, it was immediate. His authority here is certainly unquestioned.

So, the question is what do you fear more the storm that nearly took your life, or the one in the boat with you that commanded the storm to stop? Proverbs repeatedly says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. So be wise.

We are faced with an object made of nucleic acid and protein that is wreaking havoc all over the world. Covid – 19. You may remember that this virus is dead just like the atoms and molecules I mentioned earlier. During the coming weeks, there may times fear may threaten to overtake you. Remember who is in the boat with you!