Virtual Learning - A Guide for 10-12 Students Learning at Home
We are living through an unprecedented event - school is closed, in-school classes are suspended and teachers are working from home. Students are not able to come to school and learn with their friends in classrooms where teachers can provide direct instruction and help. People have many questions and here are some of the common Q and A’s to help:
Frequently asked questions:
I received a report with a final grade, the school year is over right?
No, the school year will continue on virtual platforms and students will now have the opportunity to demonstrate their continued learning. Teachers will be taking the remainder of the school year to fill gaps in student learning and prepare them to meet curriculum needs at future levels. So they will be going ahead with some new material and in doing that, will review some previously learned concepts. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their learning and receive individual feedback from their teachers. This feedback will help guide the teachers’ professional judgement in determining a final mark in June. So this is your opportunity to improve your final grade. Remember, that opportunity does not equate a guaranteed improved mark, that depends upon the quality of your work.
How will learning take place from home?
Teachers have Google Classrooms and different social media platforms for their courses. They will be posting activities and school work for students. Students can interact with teachers and classmates on these platforms throughout the school week. We are currently in the process of providing families with access to devices that will allow everyone the opportunity to learn from home. Also, teachers will also let their students know what “office hours” they will be available online to answer questions and provide feedback.
My work is going to be graded right?
Grading will not be like it was while in school. The focus of assessment at this time will be providing feedback on the most recent evidence of learning, after such time teachers will use their professional judgment to determine if a student’s grade in June.
What does professional judgement mean?
Teachers have been trained to determine a student’s level of achievement using a variety of methods that go beyond number grades used to calculate an average. These include:
Individual course work (ie. traditional methods - worksheets, case studies, article analysis, etc.)
Projects and group work
Games and problem solving
Demonstration of understanding through various means (conversations, replies to feedback, videos, audio calls, activities, etc.)
Teachers will be able to assess student progress and performance and subsequently determine a level of achievement that could be reflected on the final report card in June.
What if I decide not to complete any of the assigned work?
Although participation is encouraged, it is also voluntary. We understand that each student, probably due to a variety of circumstances, will not have the same opportunity to participate in a virtual learning environment. Your current grade will not drop due to incomplete work during the suspension of classes.
What’s the point of completing school work if I am not going to get a mark?
Teachers will be taking the remainder of the school year to fill gaps in student learning and prepare them to meet curriculum needs at future levels.
Learning from home is very stressful and I don’t understand all of the work. What should I do?
The physical and mental well-being of our students and their families is the priority at this time, and completing school work should not compromise health. The completion of work is voluntary. Students are encouraged to reach out to teachers with questions regarding classwork as they are available to provide help with the curriculum that is posted. Staying connected to education, teachers and classmates is important during this extended absence from the physical classroom. However,if you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious, you can also reach out to the school administration and