To reduce the number of students in each class we have done the following:
- hired additional faculty
- repositioned certain specialists into classroom teacher roles (in 5th grade)
- The bulk of direct instruction will be provided by our general studies teachers. Any specialists serving as class teachers will be primarily in a support role, coordinating closely with their general studies partners and facilitating small-group instruction. (This applies to 5th grade only.)
Daily Hours of Instruction:
- Grades K – 2
- 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Study Hall is 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Grades 3 – 5
- 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Study Hall is 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
- Grade 6
- 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
- Study Hall is 2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Distance Learning Enhancements:
- “Normalized” daily schedule – consistency and predictability (whether at-home or in-person)
- Half-hour recess break every morning
- 45-minute lunch break each mid-day
- Hebrew / Judaic Studies consistently scheduled for every day
- Science every week
- Visual Arts every week
- Music every week
- Physical Education twice per week
- Increased amount of daily instructional minutes – age-appropriate
- Daily teacher office hours / study hall
- More consistent and formalized assessment and feedback
- Uniforms – To help put your student in a serious and purposeful frame of mind, we are requiring that students wear their school uniform, or Wise spirit wear on Mondays, whenever they are “in class” on Zoom.
- Attendance – will be taken in every class
- Teachers must be able to see a student’s entire face on the screen with proper lighting.
- Unless given permission by the teacher, students should not be turning their camera off or leaving the screen.
- Attention must be given to the teacher and classmates during the entire Zoom session/class.
- It is inappropriate for a student to be texting with friends during class time.
- If a student is using two screens, they can do so only for academic purposes as directed by the teacher.
- They should never be attempting to multi-task or simultaneously play games during school hours.
- It is not appropriate for a student to attend class from their bed or while lying on the floor.
Preparing for At-Home Learning:
- Keep same rituals – not everything has to be different
- Quiet working space in a low traffic area
- Think about where your child will be most comfortable and do their best work. Think about where distractions will be limited and where you can take advantage of natural light. This could be at their desk in their bedroom, at the kitchen table, or in another indoor spot with low traffic flow. Just be sure the location can support whatever device your child will be using.
- Make sure you have all needed equipment – supplies, technology
- (WiFi, printer, power cords, etc.)
- Have a conversation with your child about your and your teachers’ expectations for learning. Help shift their mindset to understand that their home is now also their classroom! Go over with them our school’s digital citizenship expectations, as enumerated in our “Wise and Responsible Technology Use Values”, which will be given to your child by Ms. Hoffman. Review with them proper Zoom protocols, including respect for teacher and peers.
- Materials: Consider creating some kind of tote, bin or basket with the various school supplies your child might need such as paper, pencils, erasers, pens, markers, highlighters, tape, paper clips, charging cord for device, and water. Having to look for any of these types of items during instruction will delay learning or disconnect your child from the learning that is happening remotely.
Meals / Breaks:
Be sure to have your young scholar eat a nutritious breakfast before the school work begins. Make sure your scholar takes advantage of every available break by eating healthy snacks and lunch, and by moving their bodies, getting outside, stretching, and just simply playing.
Use the daily break time to create family time. For example, during the morning recess break, perhaps go for a short walk together. At mid-day, sometimes consider making lunch together by including your child in the meal preparation.
Adult support / supervision:
We know that distance learning is not the ideal for you or for your child. You will have to experiment with how much support and supervision your child will need to be attentive and productive. Think about setting aside more time during the first few days until your child understands the daily schedule and seems to be able to navigate the platforms and attend to learning somewhat independently. This will vary, of course, depending on the age of the student, and certainly our youngest students do need the most supervision.
Online learning platforms purchased for this year:
- IXL: Math + Language Arts
- Typing Agent: grades 2 – 6
- Pear Deck