KSAT Kids: Parents say San Antonio school districts getting better at virtual learning

5th grade teacher Lisa Barry selected as finalist for 2021 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year

Hello parents, teachers and students!

Well, it’s officially October and that means Halloween candy, pumpkin patches, and even some cooler weather if we’re lucky.

Many San Antonio-area school districts recently implemented another phase in their plans to return students to the classroom. But did you know, that roughly 3 out of 4 Bexar County parents say distance learning has improved since last spring?

According to a Bexar Facts-KSAT-San Antonio Report poll released earlier this week, 72% of respondents think school districts are doing either a “much better” or “somewhat better” job during this round of virtual learning. Way to go everyone!

In this week’s KSAT Kids' educator spotlight, we highlight Lisa Barry, a fifth-grade teacher at Woodridge Elementary School in the Alamo Heights Independent School District who was recently selected as one of two area finalists for 2021 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year. Barry’s classroom tolerance project gained statewide recognition after she noticed children being bullied in her classroom.

Are you looking for a fun educational activity for your kids? Check out Meteorologist Kaiti Blake’s latest home science lab, this time teaching how to make salt crystal leaves. This awesome Fall STEM activity will have kids doing an educational activity without even knowing it.

And here’s a question for you: Do you know if penguin’s sneeze? Well, the answer is yes! On Thursday SeaWorld San Antonio sent KSAT a video of several penguins sneezing after the question was recently asked by a visitor.

For those students seeking additional schooling help, the San Antonio Public Library is still offering back-to-school resources to help with their lessons. We also have a list of places offering free Wi-Fi for students and their families during the pandemic.

Stay safe and wash your hands, everybody!

-Ben Spicer

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Here’s what can be found on KSAT Kids for Thursday, October 1:

Educator Spotlight

San Antonio teacher goes above and beyond to teach students about empathy, tolerance

A 5th-grade teacher at Woodridge Elementary School in the Alamo Heights Independent School District has been named as a finalist for 2021 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year.

KSAT Q&A: Lisa Barry (September 25, 2020)

Do you know a classroom or school that is doing amazing work and deserves to be featured in KSAT Kids? Nominate a student, teacher or school by emailing ksatkids@ksat.com.

Student activities

KSAT Kids Home Science: How to make salt crystal leaves

Are you looking for something fun to do at home that has a little bit of science behind it? Well, check out this awesome Fall STEM activity from livingwellmom.com that makes salt crystal leaves.

KSAT Kids Home Science image. (KSAT)

Corn maze to open this weekend in San Antonio

A “Texas-sized corn maze” is set to open Saturday at Trader’s Village in San Antonio.

Traders Village Corn Maze 2020 (Traders Village)

8 orchards and farms where you can pick-your-own produce in the San Antonio-area

Here are a few places in the San Antonio-area that offer guests that opportunity to walk through an orchard and pick fruit.

Who is ready to pick a pumpkin? (Williams Orchards.)

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About the Author:

Ben Spicer is a digital journalist who works the early morning shift for KSAT.