Twombly Elementary Remote Learning Plan
Elementary students choosing the remote learning option will engage in learning in a 100% online environment that includes blended learning opportunities. They will participate in synchronous (real-time) online learning with their classroom teacher, and they will also engage in asynchronous (engage in posted lessons and assignments on their own time) and independent work as assigned. This enables students to continue progressing in the curriculum.
Students and parents can expect a daily schedule, where they check in with teachers at specific times and also work independently throughout the day.
Academic Excellence by Design
Our remote learning plan allows students and teachers to have the tools they need to investigate, communicate, collaborate, create, model, and explore concepts and content in authentic contexts.
Twombly Teaching & Learning Priorities:
- Safety: The health and safety of our students, staff, and parents is our top priority, and we continue to work in partnership with Weld County Health Department and the State of Colorado to determine the health and safety practices for our schools.
- Relationships: Establish and maintain strong teacher to student (family) and student to student relationships.
- Engagement: Create ongoing opportunities for engagement and excitement in learning.
- Academic Excellence: Deliver high-quality, rigorous instruction.
- Equity: All students have access to resources, and the support they need to reach their educational goals.
Launching Blended Learning
During online learning, teachers will provide instructional experiences that are aligned to academic standards and the content priorities for each grade level. In the same way teachers begin a school year with in-person learning, they will also provide opportunities to build classroom communities, foster student relationships with each other, empower successful online learners, and identify student needs for learning.
The goal of this procedure is to ensure that student instructional time is documented daily through consistent attendance-taking practices within the remote setting. These include: synchronous online instruction, asynchronous online instruction, or through coursework assigned via Google Classroom. A consistent approach will help ensure that students receive the equivalent amount of teacher-student contact as in a typical academic year, and that Weld RE-8 Schools adhere to Compulsory Attendance Laws and effectively documents instructional time for the October 1 Student Count for funding purposes.
Students are considered in attendance if:
- Students attend synchronous learning sessions and are marked present during both morning and afternoon sessions each day.
- Students log into Google Classroom to complete asynchronous activities and assignments and the teacher marks participants in attendance.
- Teacher modifies attendance based upon assigned classwork completion in Google Classroom.
Parents are expected to report student absences to the office. Parents may also choose to notify the teacher, however this alone will not excuse an absence.
Teachers will continue to utilize the researched-based instructional models for online learning that are used for in-person learning. Grade level content is the academic priority for all students and we will continue to align class content with Colorado Academic Standards.
Unlike the asynchronous learning model in the spring, the model for the fall of 2020 will be a more structured online learning environment with a daily schedule that reflects synchronous learning, asynchronous learning, and independent practice.
Each day students will start with a 15-20 minute daily morning meeting. This routine allows the teacher to guide the students through the day’s schedule, lessons, activities, materials needed for the day, and answer any questions the students may have. This time may also include community building so students make connections with each other.
Learning Time & Sample Schedule
In order to enhance the learning for all students and adhere to the state requirements for instructional time, more structure has been added to the students’ academic day for the 2020-2021 school year. Classroom teachers will provide detailed schedules, and schedule adjustments will occur as needed.
Teachers will balance synchronous, asynchronous, and independent learning experiences based upon the needs of the learners and the learning goals.
Elementary Specials (Art, Music, PE, Computers)
Students will be scheduled for one special for three consecutive days. They will rotate to each special class during the trimester. Specials teachers will post online assignments within each Google Classroom or will provide live meetings via Google Meet on a rotating basis.
Building administration and professional teaching staff shall incorporate a grading system for evaluating and recording student progress to measure student performance in conjunction with our district's academic standards. In alignment with our grading policies, teachers will explain to students and families how courses are graded, the scale of marks awarded, and the timeline of when students receive grades. Consistent with normal practice, teachers will use appropriate discretion in deciding which specific measures are factored into students' grades.
Common Communication Structures
Common communication structures are imperative to ensure that parents and students have a clear and consistent way of accessing and interacting with their learning experiences.
- Teachers will share the class schedule with parents and students during the third week of school, as well as contact information.
- Starting in the 2020-21 school year, all grade K-2 teachers will use Google Classroom and SeeSaw and all grade 3-5 teachers will use Google Classroom as their primary launchpoint for digital learning management. This will create a single access point for digital learning materials at each grade level for all students and parents throughout Twombly Elementary. This does not preclude teachers from continuing to use a variety of digital learning tools, this will merely create a clear and predictable starting point for students at a given grade level.
- Occasional Coordination of pick-up/drop off of student materials will occur when necessary at the building level and will be communicated clearly to families. (Packets of work will not be provided.)
- Teachers will communicate their system for students and parents to sign-up for individual time to answer questions and receive additional academic support during their office hours.
- In order to communicate effectively, parents must provide a working phone number and email address.
- Teachers will have office hours each day. This will be a time for parents to have their questions answered and for students to receive additional academic support by appointment.