This community has been very helpful -- thanks to all for sharing and posting.I am working to help develop protocols or 'schedules' for live video conferencing with students as touchpoints during the week. We are not teaching synchronous classes.I would love to see what other schools and districts have done to create equitable but manageable and flexible schedules to accomplish this task.
We are thinking that the "calendar" of options for elementary, middle, and high will look very different, so any models that you can share will help to inform our thinking.
Hi Margaret and Everyone,
What great feedback from our colleagues. I agree with you that calendar options and purpose must vary across K12.
Expectations do vary spanning K12 in my district. For example, we ran into problems with asynchronous learning at our HS level. Teachers were scheduling extra help times that overlapped for students. I witnessed this with my own daughter, who was quite frustrated. The principal ended up making coursework more synchronous to accommodate schedules for 1200 kids. Once the overlaps were ironed out, it was better for HS kids. We have been charged in Vermont with Continuation of Learning, meaning it counts. I sense that school is the highest stakes for our oldest students trying to graduate and move on to college or the workplace.
Director Of Instructional Technology
Rutland City Public Schools
Great question and I love all the variety of responses here.
K-8 school in Michigan. We have been asking our teachers to use Google Classroom as our main hub - one stop for parents to go and see what is the learning plan for the week. Teachers can and do use external sites, but everything is posted on Classroom. Teachers create a weekly plan with suggested pacing guide for each day. They also have used colors to identify which assignments are "must do", ones they'd like the kids to complete if they have time, and then some enrichment/fun stuff (which more often than not involve active learning things like going on a nature walk, making something on paper, etc.)
Several of our teachers in the younger grades have a running Google Meet scheduled for show and tell and just as a way to check in. Our junior high teachers are hosting live Q&A math and science "classes" where students can join in live. These are also recorded and posted in Classroom. We also are using the appointment slot feature in Google Calendar and allowing parents/students to sign up for one on one help with teachers, too.
Most of the teaching is asynchronous and teachers push out content on Monday morning by 10am. Teachers set "office hours" where they are available for immediate feedback, but most of our teachers are also monitoring email and Google Classroom most days during their normal work hours.