working together during distance learning

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In the midst of this global pandemic, we know that it may not be possible to have your child physically at school full time. We want you to know that we miss your child and cannot wait to be in the building learning all together again. 

We want to work together to help make Distance Learning the best social, emotional, and academic experience for every student at School for Classics. 

Please see some helpful tips from the book "The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents" to help make this partnership successful. 

Tip 1: Establish routines

* One of the best practices we can enact during distance learning is to establish routines for children. It's comforting and predictable. And predictable routines are known to reduce stress. 

* It's important that children feel like they are going to school, even when they are learning from a distance.

* When they are ready for school and look like they are ready for school, they're a little less worried about appearing online. 

tip 2: create a learning environment

* Learning at home heightens the need for a consistent and convenient place for children to engage in schooling.

  • Identify, a dedicated workspace (Ideally not in their bed)

  • Try to keep the space consistent so that habits form relative to that space. 

  • Keep the supplies needed for learning in that space (computer, paper, pencils, etc)

  • Develop plans for taking breaks, movement, and getting food or water. 

  • Establish ground rules for using the space, including how others in the home should act in that space.

  • Ask them to leave that space to do other things, such as exercise, eat and socialize. 

tip 3: learn the learning management system 

* To maximize your child's learning, you will want to be familiar with Microsoft Teams - the Learning Management System we are currently using to deliver instruction. 

  • Find out how to log into Microsoft Teams

  • Make sure that the passwords your child uses are secure. 

  • Learn the features of Microsoft Teams so that you can help your child as needed. 

  • Find out the protocols for how your child submits assignments, asks the teacher questions about an assignment, engages in class, or what to do if an assignment is "missing". 

tip 4: communicate with teachers

* Think of your child's teacher as your partner. You are in this together. We encourage you to communicate with your child's teacher and to teach your child to reach out to their teachers with questions. 

  • Remember, you do not have to be "the teacher" to ensure that your child learns.

  • Make sure your child knows what is to be learned, why they are learning it, and when they will know they have achieved success.

  • Develop a communication system with your child's teachers.

  • Be involved in your child's education.

tip 5: remind students: readers are leaders 

* One of the very best things you can do is to encourage daily reading.  

  • Provide your child with a range of reading materials to choose from. 

  • Plan time for reading throughout the day, including school-assigned and choice materials. 

  • Talk with your child about what you are reading and about reading for your own enjoyment.

  • Model reading as a family. 

See our staff reading picks for the month: Encourage students to read for FUN!

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from ms. quigley -

between the world and me

by Ta-Nehesi coates

from mr. Buresch

The Girl who fell from the sky

by heidi durrow

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from ms. Zuntag

nightingale

by Kristin Hannah

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from mr. Garcia

A game of thrones

by george martin

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Please Reach out to us if you need assistance with distance learning, click on the book now to request a call (at the top right of the website) or the let's chat button to talk to someone live (on the bottom right of the website)

Remember you are not in this alone - together we build your child's Academic, Social and Emotional Development.