I am sure many you have questions about the expectations as we move through this week. Please do not be concerned about jumping into the deep end of learning this week. I would like for you to take the time to discuss with your family how you will fit at-home learning into your lifestyle. I am posting a form on Classroom for students to complete as a check-in. I will continue to add small tasks on Classroom throughout the week and will provide students with virtual instruction.
Here is a video outlining what to expect in the coming days: https://youtu.be/c7NLM7tmEe8
I want to reassure you that I am here to offer support. We are planning on about 5 hours per week of learning time which includes the time to complete assignments. Some students may complete their work quickly and others may need more than 5 hours. The learning students are doing is not intended to be overwhelming or to require numerous hours to complete. If your child is having difficulty, please let me know without delay.
Here are some things to consider:
- What is reasonable and meaningful learning for my child?
- Is there a space that can be used for learning?
- When is a good time for my child to do their learning?
- What are the obstacles for my child when learning from home? -- Sharing devices with other children/adults, Adults have limited availability, Additional responsibilities at this time, Difficulties with motivation, focus, emotional, or social needs
- Is distance learning manageable for my household? (There are ways I can help ease the pressure!)
I am not expecting you to become the teacher for your child. It is my hope that my students practice time management and project management skills at this time. If I have concerns regarding your child's progress, I will contact you and we can discuss how to build support strategies. Ask your child to tell you about what they are doing and the work I am giving them. You aren't expected to be sitting with them as they work but it is helpful if they can discuss some of it with you (5 minute chats are great).
Shaz-Marie McLean B.Ed, M.Ed.