October 4, 2020
Struggling With Technology?
Students Working at Home
Hybrid students should be treating their remote days as a day of school. While I realize that schedules and child care arrangements may make it difficult to complete assignments during the day, please work to have the assignments completed before the following day students are physically present in school so that teachers can continue to instruct students with the new standards and curriculum. If students do not work on the assignments on days they are remote from home, they may struggle with new content when they are back in the classroom.
It may be tempting to assist students with their work. While assistance may be called for from time to time, please try to have the students working as independently as possible on their assignments. Teachers are assessing the student's ability to demonstrate proficiency on standards, and will need to know what topics will need reteaching as they move through the curriculum.
I've fielded requests for paper copies of assignments rather than having students complete their work utilizing technology. I am trying to discourage this option unless their are special circumstances which impact a student's ability to complete the work on their device. There are a couple of reasons for that thinking:
- If we have to go fully remote, it is important for students to be able to access the technology as we might not have other options to be able to have copies produced and distributed. There will also be lag time in getting copies in the hands of families and then back to teachers.
- Fewer items travelling back and forth between home and school will make the both environments safer for students and adults.
Thank you for your understanding as we try to get students proficient with the instruction and the technology. This has been difficult for families and teachers, but the students continue to keep getting better every day.