For the second year in a row, the Cobb County School District offered a Summer Lit Camp to students.
Even though we were going through a pandemic, the Cobb County School District (CCSD) wanted to ensure students continued to learn and build skills throughout the summer.
CCSD conducted virtual LitCamp at Home to striving readers in grades 3-5. LitCamp at Home was focused on a strengths-based approach for reading success. This approach gave students the power of social-emotional learning as well as literacy development. The strengths focused on were belonging, curiosity, friendship, kindness, confidence, courage, and hope.
Teachers held LitCamp sessions virtually with students using a summer camp theme and focusing each day on one of the seven strengths. CCSD collaborated with school psychologists and implemented a team-teaching approach. Each LitCamp teacher partnered with a school psychologist who attended daily virtual meetings.
Even though virtual learning was new and not without challenges, we had a very successful virtual LitCamp experience. One of our teachers, Jennifer Fortney, had this to say:
“I have to admit, that I was very nervous at first [teaching LitCamp] virtually, but I think that it turned out great and the kids that joined everyday enjoyed it too! I was very sad [on the last day] saying goodbye to them and they were sad too. I really liked the books that we read, and also the strengths that went along with them. Some of our favorite books were The Bully from the Black Lagoon because of all of the imagination, The Two Bobbies because it was about a dog and a cat and how they depended on each other in a difficult situation, Little Red Writing because it made us laugh and we could make connections throughout the story to Little Red Riding Hood, and also Sonia Sotomayor because the kids liked to see and hear that with determination and hard work, anything is possible.”
Cathy Goetz, Personalized Learning Consultant
Assessment and Personalized Learning