While we are very proud of our faculty, both in how quickly they transitioned to this new way of teaching and in the ingenuity they exhibited in creating a distance learning program from scratch, we know that we can always improve on what we’re doing.
One thing we would look to do is to “normalize” the daily schedule. This would partly involve a more consistent and predictable weekly schedule for all grade levels. Also, we will look to increase the amount of daily instructional minutes, perhaps by offering more Zoom time with H/JS and specialists.
We always have to be mindful of age-appropriate screen time – our younger students cannot sustain their focus for too long while sitting on Zoom. Also, we would not look to have students distance learning from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. every day, as if they were on campus. On campus learning takes more time because the day is filled with transitions and breaks and recess and lunch and assemblies and the like. At-home distance learning is more compact and efficient, and so does not require quite as long of a day.
Additionally, we will look to add features like:
- Teacher office hours for student support
- More consistent and formalized assessment and feedback