Remote Learning Guide

April 5, 2020

Dear Centennial Crew,

As we move to remote learning on April 7, we thought it would be helpful to send along some ideas, suggestions and tips about making the most of your home learning environment. Remember, you do not need to be the content expert. You are partnering with us to support your child at home so we can provide meaningful and effective learning during this unique situation in which we find ourselves.

To help guide our work during this unprecedented time, Centennial has created a remote learning mission. Our mission states we will:

  • Focus on the well-being of our students by prioritizing teacher/student contact that fosters crew and engages students in ongoing learning activities that are low stress for families and staff;
  • Honor family time with activities that promote connection;
  • Use only district-approved learning platforms (Google, Seesaw and Schoology) that can be accessed on a personal device or school provided Chromebook;
  • Differentiate expectations for remote learning based on developmental needs, ages and grade level standards.

DPS and the crew at Centennial have been working diligently on remote learning plans. We ask for your patience, flexibility, and a little bit of grace as we navigate through these uncharted waters. We want this to be a positive experience for you and your child(ren) and we understand times right now can be stressful. We know children don’t learn in a stressful environment, so we want the learning opportunities to be positive for your child as well as a source of connection with their peers and teachers.

Ideas, Suggestions, and Tips for Parents to Support Remote Learning

You can provide support for your child by​:

  • Establishing routines and expectations
  • Providing a space for your child to work
  • Providing a level of supervision appropriate to your child’s stage of development
  • Monitoring communications from teachers.  Reach out to your child’s teacher(s) and determine the best mode of communication- text, phone calls, Google Meets, email, etc.
  • Checking in with your child often to help them manage and pace their work
  • Monitoring how much time your child is spending online

 

Priorities for Student Learning

ECE 3 and 4:

  • Literacy and numeracy focused learning to maintain current skills and build knowledge

The primary tools for communication between teachers and families will be parent provided email addresses, Google Voice and any existing communication platforms such as Bloomz, etc.

Kindergarten-5th Grade​:

  • Literacy and numeracy focused learning to maintain current skills and build knowledge
  • Online and off-line learning activities.

The primary tools for communication between teachers and families will be Google Classroom and parent provided email addresses as needed, Google Voice and any existing communication platforms such as Bloomz, etc.
Teachers will provide asynchronous learning that will be recorded and made available to students to watch at any time.  The asynchronous learning sessions will be at a regularly scheduled time each day- determined by each crew leader.

Guidelines for K-5 Student Learning

Students are expected to:

  • Check in daily with their online learning by 9:00am.  Teachers will have plan time from 8:00-9:00 daily.  All posted assignments, etc. will be up for students/families to view by 8:00 each morning.
  • Engage in the posted lessons, respond to teachers questions/tasks, log into Google Classroom or Seesaw-this is how attendance will be taken
  • Monitor digital platforms and communicate often to check for announcements and feedback from teachers
  • Complete tasks with their best effort
  • Do their best to meet timelines, commitments and due dates
  • Communicate proactively with their teachers
  • Collaborate and support their classmates in their learning
  • Abide by our school’s and the District’s technology guidelines

Setting Up a Remote Learning Environment

Every home is different. Where possible, it’s important to provide a quiet and comfortable learning space. Your child may have a regular place for doing homework under normal circumstances, but this space may not be conducive for an extended period of time. For some families, having all children around one table may work best.

Where possible, extended learning should take place in a space your family shares. For example, around a kitchen table or dining room. These spaces are preferable over a bedroom, where it can feel isolating for your child  and supervision can be more challenging. It should be a place that can be quiet at times, that has a strong internet signal, if possible and where you or another adult is present and monitoring your children’s learning.

  • Establishing Routines and Expectations
  • Establish a “School Schedule” and post it where your student/family can see it.
  • Start and end each day with a check-in
  • Encourage scheduled brain breaks/exercise breaks
  • Encourage scheduled snack breaks and a regular lunch time
  • Encourage healthy eating habits and drinking enough water
  • Keep normal bedtime routines

It’s important that you set these kinds of expectations as soon as learning from home begins on April 7th.

Work Habits

  • Encourage your child to stay focused on academic work for predetermined periods of time (i.e. 15-20 minutes K-2; 20-45 minutes for 3-5; adjust for your child’s specific needs.)
  • Encourage your child to ask for help- from the teacher, a classmate or a family member- before frustration sets in
  • Encourage your student to do their best work and employ WoRLD CARE habits while working.

 

Communicating With Your Child

We encourage you to start and finish each day with a simple check-in. These check-ins can be a regular part of each day and will be in addition to crew times your child may have with his/her class each day.

Examples of what you could ask in the morning​:

  • What are you learning today?
  • What are your learning targets?
  • How will you be spending your time?
  • What resources do you need? What support do you need from me or your teacher?

Examples of what you could ask in the afternoon​:

  • What did you learn today?
  • What was challenging? What strategy could you come up with to deal with the same problem if it comes up again?
  • What were three things that went well today?
  • Do you need to ask your teacher for something? Do you need help with something to make tomorrow more successful?
  • How are you doing? Tell me one thing you are thinking about your remote learning.
  • Tell me what is on your mind as we have new school and family routines.

Regular check-ins throughout the day may also be appropriate. This depends on your child’s needs. These questions allow your child to​process the instructions they get from their teachers and helps them organize themselves and set priorities.

Don’t forget that everyone at Centennial is here to help.  Reach out to us at any time should you need support or simply want to check in.

Yay!! You made it through this long communication…. Now- your reward.  Because I miss everyone terribly, I’d like to invite all of you to be my pen pal!!  Any student who writes me- via email or old fashioned letter- will get a reply. Let’s get writing and keep in touch.  If you want to send me a letter, a picture, whatever….here’s my address:

3023 10th Street
Boulder, CO 80304

If you want to email me use my school address:  laura_munro@dpsk12.org  I can’t wait to hear from you!

Be well and be in touch.
Sincerely,
Laura