BEST PRACTICES FOR REMOTE LEARNING

As  our students  continue to learn remotely here are some tips that will help keep things running smoothly and promote student success:

Tips for parents –

  • The camera, microphone and chat features are tools your child will access to support their learning.
  • When required, parents may act as a support. To honour the student learning journey, please allow your child to experience productive struggle by allowing them to do the thinking and complete their work independently.
  • Parents/guardians should not appear on camera or speak directly to the teacher or class during the synchronous learning times. Please do not unmute the microphone during instruction to ask a question or access the chat feature.
  • In keeping with our Board’s Communication Guidelines, please connect with the classroom teacher first should you have a question or concern.
  • Please note that when an email is sent to your child’s teacher, they will attempt to respond in a timely manner. Teachers will not respond during instructional time. Your patience is appreciated.
  • Thank you for your ongoing support, parents! We could not do this without you!

Tips for students –

  • Treat others with respect in actions and words.
  • Participate, and actively engage, in the learning.
  • Respect the workspace of others during collaborative learning (e.g., not deleting, moving or making changes to the work of others).
  • Always have the microphone muted, except when asked to have it turned on.
  • Have the camera turned on/off when directed by the classroom teacher.
  • Google Meet or Microsoft Teams links are not to be shared with others outside of the class by students.
  • The use of Google Hangouts is not permitted during school hours unless directed by the teacher.
  • Appropriately use the chat feature by asking questions, responding to the teacher when prompted, etc.
  • Any communication in the chat must demonstrate appropriate manners and language. Follow and apply the T.H.I.N.K. model: Is it True? Hurtful? Illegal? Necessary? Kind?
  • Focus on the learning and avoid distractions such as going to other websites unrelated to the learning taking place or playing video games. Open tabs should be related to the learning and directed by the teacher.
  • When cameras are on:
    • The background setting should be considered (e.g., a neutral space). Consider using the “blur background” feature.
    • Appropriate clothing is required just as it is in a physical school.
    • Others in the household should be aware that synchronous learning is taking place and that, at times, others may see or hear what is happening should the student need to turn on their microphone and/or camera.
    • Behaviour is expected to resemble that which would be deemed acceptable in school (e.g., sitting up, raising a hand when wanting to share).

Keep trying your best, students! We are so proud of you Wildcats!