Teacher Spotlight: Jenn Hiles

Jenn and Jenna

Jen and her best friend of 15 years at her wedding this fall!
*Jen is in purple!*

Teacher Name: Jenn Hiles
Office Location: Harrisburg
Currently Teaching: Kindergarten

How do you build relationships with your students?
Before LiveLessons I have a short answer poll pod up that is a “question of the day” which is non-academic and just designed to be conversation starters such as “If you could have any superpower what would it be?” “What was your favorite vacation?” I turn on my webcam for every lesson to help be more than just a voice on the computer. I also encourage my students to use their webcams during lessons, this helps students feel more belonging to our class. I’ve also done two show and tell days which really showed off student personalities.

What are your favorite ways to engage and involve students in your lessons?
Using microphones- Sometimes I ask for volunteers, sometimes I tell my students “we are all responsible for the learning so you never know when I might call on you” and then I’ll pick randomly. Pod Practice- I love how the kids can all be working at the same time and how I can see what each one is doing in real time .

When you’re not working, how do you spend your time?
Cooking: I love finding new recipes and adapting them to be gluten free. Running (mostly to counteract the cooking!) I’ve completed a few 5K’s and now I’m training for the 2016 Disney Princess Half Marathon.

What are you looking forward to this holiday season?
Seeing family. I’ll be going home to NJ for Christmas and for the first time in several years my whole extended family of 40+ people will be there.

Thanks for sharing, Jenn!

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