Room 4- Emily
September 28, 2020
What a week!
This school year is truly unprecedented, but it’s gotten off to a great start. Over the course of just a few days I can see a classroom community beginning to emerge. We’ve focused on getting to know each other, establishing a positive culture, and growing our brains… all while having a great time (and some dance parties).
Next week, we’ll continue to review math and start new concepts. We’ll build on this week’s grammar lessons, start our spelling program, and do some academic assessments. Our big theme will be the story of the beginning of the universe.
Work plans and due dates
We are modeling our distanced classroom after the procedures we use in our physical classroom. Veteran students will be familiar with work plans and Friday conferences. New students are learning procedures that will make getting back to in-person schooling a breeze. Here’s what parents need to know about the hidden structures of our remote classroom.
There are three kinds of work -
One time work
These are works that are due the day they’re assigned. They’re short works like Question of the Day or Mystery Science.
Our class has talked in morning meeting about those works that just go on and on… works we go back to and practice again. I define these works for children during our lessons. You can also recognize them as activities like article-a-day, math fact memorization, or works with multiple problems/pages (like a Seesaw booklet or workbook). Students should revisit these either daily or a few times a week.
Optional works like research or story writing are projects that can be spread out over several days. I sometimes help children set due dates for these projects during conferences.
During conferences, Carmen and I check in with students. We review work plans and finished and unfinished work, set goals for the next week, troubleshoot tech and build relationships. Our first round of conferences went great! Students are getting into the groove and lots of great work was completed.
If your child is having trouble with Zoom, try these tips -
Have a snack during zoom
Use a fidget
Show/hide the view of their own face, depending on preference
Prioritize lesson zooms (the color group zooms) to help your child understand the work.
Morning and afternoon meetings are for social/emotional learning, relationship building and classroom procedures.
Please know that, just like the first week of regular school, the first week of distance learning can be an adjustment for kiddos and they might be tired out at first. We are building stamina and confidence every day.
This week we have been working out the kinks and learning how to record our zoom lessons and make them available to parents and students through the classroom website.
By Monday (9/28) evening, you can expect to access the recordings through the Recorded Zoom Lesson Link button located on our classroom webpage. It may ask you to request access, if so please hit the request access button and we will grant you access as soon as possible.
Adults, please email us with questions. Feel free to copy both Carmen and me on the email for the speediest response. We check our email throughout the day.
Students should drop into Carmen’s zoom for help. It’s open all day except during the 11:30 -12:30 hour and during Carmen’s lesson times.
Which Zoom link?
Meetings and lessons are at Emily's zoom link. The exceptions are for Carmen's Read Naturally groups and for the Green Reading Group on Tuesday at 1:10. Art lessons (coming soon) will also be through Carmen's link.
Coming next week...
Next week we start art and PE! We’ll share more information from Melanie and Pete Goldlust, our art teaching team, on Monday.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.