Weekly Update - Owl #16
Hybrid Learning Week 12 - Staying Remote
Sadly, we are staying remote for a bit...
Happy New Year! I'm sure the students are as disappointed as we are that we'll be fully remote this next week. Hopefully, our two communities will see a decline in positive tests and we can return to in-person learning sooner than later. We will revert to our fall remote learning schedule for this next week. The only point of difference is that the students will receive all of their academic instruction from me with the exception of their specialist classes. So, if those alarms are still programmed into your child's iPad, it's time to turn them back on.
As you likely remember, each day will offer whole-class instruction in mathematics, reading, writing, and science/social studies. Instructional blocks are scheduled for approximately thirty minutes. In addition, there are mandatory "house meetings" each day to offer small group instruction, check-ins, and support as needed. There is also a drop-in extra help session available on Wednesday. We feel this schedule, although the days are a bit long (9:00 - 3:30), will allow for all core instruction, small group instruction, and independent work time for the children. It will also allow for breaks from their screens. Please let me know if your child becomes stressed as we return to remote learning and the assigned work. We're hoping for a smooth transition and we promise to be responsive to individual needs.
We bought a goat, a flock of chickens, and a hive of honeybees
A renewed emphasis on independent reading
I will launch some version of literature circles the following week. Ideally, we'll be back in school and I'll be able to place "real" good-fit books in the students' hands versus digital books read on an iPad. However, we'll be flexible. Is anyone else growing a tad bit tired of all this flexibility? I remain faithful that some of the lessons students are learning through this pandemic are precisely those lessons most critical for their development. At least that is my hope!