ComMunity, Connection, and Consistency
As we reimagined our curriculum for our move to distance learning and teaching, we knew it was imperative to remind ourselves of the mission of our school. In the elementary program, this is what guides our decision-making. How might we keep that tight-knit community feel even while we are apart and in our own homes?
In Kindergarten, that means having daily conversations one-on-one with teachers, each day at the same time, to promote a sense of regularity and safety during these uncertain times. Kindergarten children also meet in small groups online with a teacher to read together and reinforce reading skills. Each day a few activities are emailed to families so they can practice math skills, experience social studies concepts, or explore a scientific area.
Grades 1 and 2
In Grades 1/2, tending our community of learners happens through a morning meeting, in which the meeting jobs they have learned throughout the year are performed through a shared video platform, giving students a sense of purpose and a common starting point for the day. Through small group online learning with a teacher, students read together, explore new math concepts, and navigate what it means to connect virtually with their classmates. Through videos, interactive projects, and independent tasks, each day all elementary students also participate in either art, music, Spanish, pe, library or Makerspace classes.
Grades 3 and 4
In Grades 3/4 we provide a combination of learning experiences- at times independent, and at other times happening synchronously with
peers and teachers. In a small online math group, for example, students share their screens to show their work with the group. Later, while one group works independently on grammar skills, another group
is sharing writing projects, offering and receiving feedback, knowing, just as they do in the actual classroom, that learning and teaching go hand-in-hand.