Distance Learning for All
April 23, 2020
Our Academic Vision states:
"We empower our families and community to serve as our partners, united in transparency, communication, and strategies for improvement. We foster an understanding that learning is a shared responsibility."
That has never been more evident than in this era of Distance Learning. While our staff is working to connect with students, both online and offline, we understand that this current model places a new level of responsibility on the families we serve. It can be very difficult to suddenly find yourself taking on a new role in support of your student's education.
None of this is easy. We are committed to our vision statement of "All Students. All Abilities. All Opportunities." We're holding tight to our district's foundational beliefs of:
Each child can reach their full potential.
Our diversity is an asset and equity is at the core of our mission.
We can eliminate barriers to success to close the achievement gap.
Partnerships with parents help us reach our goals.
Never before has there been an opportunity like this. No matter your schedule or your circumstances, we need your partnership to help each child navigate Distance Learning. Throughout this newsletter, you'll find tips to support your student's learning, resources for supplemental learning in the event your student needs more enrichment, and guidance from the Oregon Department of Education on how to structure the learning day at home.
We understand that not every family can fully engage in Distance Learning. We are working to support ALL families and we understand everyone is doing the best they can. Hopefully, you'll be able to access some of the resources we feature in this newsletter to help provide structure, routines, and support for your student ⎼ in the way you are best able to provide it. While every family's circumstances are unique, we must remember that all of us are experiencing this new learning model for the first time. I realize that you all are doing incredible work each day focusing on the needs of your families. It is unlike anything we have faced as a district, state, or nation, and it is not easy.
On behalf of everyone in the Canby School District, I thank you for your partnership.
Canby School District
DISTANCE LEARNING RESOURCES
Click the image below to access the Distance Learning for All website.
Oregon Department of Education - Distance Learning Guidance
No need to recreate school. Trying to create school-like learning in a home setting may frustrate teachers, students, and families. Continue doing what you already do: be a learning partner to your child. You don’t need to be an expert in any subject area or in any learning strategy! Engage with your child to share and connect learning to your home lives, interests, home language, and cultural identities — these moments are just as important. Parents are not expected to become teachers, though they will likely be needed to serve as facilitators of learning, particularly for younger students.
Click the button below to access all of ODE's Distance Learning for All Guidance.
Based on the guidance from ODE, we have structured the lessons based on the following maximum daily guidelines for teacher-led learning:
Grades K-1 - 45 minutes
Grades 2-3 - 60 minutes
Grades 4-5 - 90 minutes
Grades 6-12 - 30 minutes per teacher/content area (3 hours per day)
Teacher-led learning, as defined by ODE, is structured, grade-level learning directed by a teacher and supported by a teacher. This includes handouts or other learning activities that support core content areas.
The grade-level work includes extension ideas to challenge students, as well as support for emerging bilingual students/English learners.
In addition to enrichment opportunities in core subject areas like math, reading, science, and social studies, you will also find fun activities involving logic and coding, physical education, and social-emotional learning.
If you're looking to "go beyond" the assignments you're receiving through Distance Learning for All, this is a great resource to access extended learning opportunities. Click the image below to access the website.
Take a Field Trip - From Home!
Whether it's science or art (or even space!) we've compiled a list of online, virtual field trips.
The Georgia O'Keefe Museum, Santa Fe
NASA, Langley Research Center
The National Aquarium, virtual tour
Is Schoolwork Time an Epic Battle?
With schools closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak, how can parents best help their children learn and complete work while avoiding counterproductive power struggles?
Much of the answer involves sharing control within the boundaries of firm yet loving limits. It’s an old concept made even more relevant by the current situation. Most of us feel that our lives have been turned upside down. We’re experiencing little or no control over so many things.
Do we all yearn for control? What happens when we feel like we’ve lost it?
Obviously our kids are also experiencing many difficult feelings, including a sense of losing much of their freedom. That’s why small choices around schoolwork represent one of the most powerful ways of minimizing the chaos during these already difficult times. Listed below are some examples. Please remember that the choices you provide will depend on your unique situation and value system.
- Will you be starting your schoolwork now or in five minutes?
- What do you want to start with? Math or reading?
- Do you want to make a goal of working for 30 minutes before your break, or would 25 minutes be better?
- Will you be doing your work while sitting or standing?
- Do you think it would be best to draft something on pencil or paper… or begin your work directly on the computer?
- Would you like my help or would you prefer working alone?
- Do you want to learn in the kitchen or in the family room?
- Will you be working while keeping your body still, or would you rather see how much you can wiggle while still getting it done?
- Should we start with the hardest part first or the easiest?
- Would you rather help me with chores or get started on your schoolwork?
The key to success with this technique involves remembering three things:
- Give most of your choices before your child becomes resistant… not after.
- With each choice provide two options, each of which you like.
- Be prepared to choose for your child if they don’t select an option you provided.
While these ideas can’t solve all of the parenting challenges we face right now, they’ll increase the odds of getting through each day with fewer power struggles.
District Website COVID-19 Resources
RETRIEVING PERSONAL BELONGINGS
We're looking ahead to next year as well. If you or someone you know needs to register a student for kindergarten, you can begin the process now. We're pleased to offer online registration for the first time. Look for information in the coming weeks about our Kindergarten Kickoff plans for May 20, 2020.
WE LOVE OUR SENIORS
We will turn on our “front porch lights” at Cougar Stadium. We are asking that anyone who drives to see the lights at the stadium, for the safety of our community, please stay in their cars. Parking lots will be closed and signage will direct drivers to keep driving. Let's shine a light on our seniors from home!