Our Hinsdale Central Choral Director, Ms. Jen Burkemper, has found ways to keep use remote learning as a “source of calm and consistency” for both herself and her students. She is happy to report that her students continue to sing and contribute to virtual recordings as well as listen to diverse music to discuss with their classmates. Burkemper and her students have also been able to keep up a classroom tradition by using Zoom for their Cheer or Jeer Sessions. In these SEL sessions, students get to share “something good or something frustrating/annoying.” In other words, Burkemper says it’s a “chance to celebrate or vent… and it was a blast” with all 5 of her classes.
We may be apart from our students and apart from our colleagues, but we are still together!