PWCS teachers use the 'Flat Stanley' project to connect with students
Posted on 05/13/2020
Students displaying flat versions of their PWCS teachers while participating in learning activities

Our creative PWCS educators are “cloning” themselves “Flat Stanley” style! Nothing beats the real thing, but these cardboard and virtual flat versions of our teachers are the next best thing.

Shannon Zachariasen, teacher at Springwoods Elementary School, read the book, “Flat Stanley” to her class and then designed “Flat Mrs. Zachariasens” to send to each student. She asked the students to take pictures in different spots doing various learning activities and include her flattened likeness.

To date, Mrs. Zachariasen has attended a virtual dance class, gone to a tea party, smelled the state flower, helped with yard work, and hung out with some garden gnomes!  


Students having a tea party, dancing, and identifying plants with their "flat teacher" Mrs. Zachariasen
“I’m hoping it’s something to make the kids and their families smile and keep us all connected,” said Zachariasen.

Across the Division, albeit in “mini form,” teachers are joining their students for learning adventures. At Montclair Elementary School, first graders had their flat “bitmoji” version of teacher Tina Katz participate in muffin making and the release of butterflies.

"Flat Mrs. Katz" makes muffins with Montclair ES student"Flat Mrs. Katz" joins a student as she releases butterflies.

Check out these other Flat Stanley inspired efforts by our teachers.