Remote Learning

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OLG Remote Learning Model in 1st Grade

The primary grades (K-2) are structuring the remote learning like a typical school day as much as we are able. This way we can transition kids back to in-person learning as seamlessly and as soon as we are able. Currently we plan to Zoom with the kids essentially most of the day from our classrooms. That doesn’t mean they will have to stare at the screen all day but rather we’ll do consistent live instruction and guided directions/instructions. We will send the kids to their desks (possibly breakout rooms or logging off an open zoom) to work. They will have the option of reaching out to us as they work, etc. There will be far fewer videos and remote assigned tasks than during our spring remote model.

 

Our goal is to mimic the classroom as best we are able and to have kids do as much work as possible in hard copy form with teacher support. We recognize concrete learning tasks are what is best for students at our level. Hopefully this will lighten the load of the parents as well. Weekly (Friday) drop-off/pick-up of learning materials will enable us to respond to students more effectively and efficiently.

See the remote learning schedule for more details. Please note that the content areas will be loosely followed the first few weeks to allow for greater community building.

Learning Environment:

Creating and maintaining a space conducive to learning will enable your child to fully participate in the learning at hand. It will also foster a mindset where the learning space becomes “school” which in turn allows your child to engage with the class community and feel connected to her/his peers.

Use the Remote Learning Supply List to aid you in preparing for the learning ahead. See the video Setting Up a Remote Learning Space for suggestions for organizing materials.

 

 

1st Grade Digital Platforms and Tools:

 

Seesaw:

In the primary grades we will be using the Seesaw platform for a streamlined communication for our remote learning day. Seesaw Class will be used to communicate the daily schedule and the learning tasks for the day directly to your child’s journal. As a parent you will also need Seesaw Family. Seesaw Family allows you access to messages and your child’s journal as a parent. Seesaw Class enables your child to view, complete, and submit “assignments” digitally. I will be sending out reminders via the announcement feature

in Seesaw (it sends to both) which will come as a message for you. Please make sure your child is logging into Seesaw Class and not Seesaw Family. See the included invitations to both Seesaw Class and Seesaw Family. Watch the Intro to Seesaw 2020-2021 video to become familiar with Seesaw Class.

We will be using additional online resources RAZ (Reading A to Z.), Mathwhizz, and XtraMath. Expectations will be communicated via Seesaw.

RAZ (Reading A to Z)

Raz-Kids is an award-winning teaching product that provides comprehensive leveled reading resources for students. With hundreds of eBooks offered at 29 different levels of reading difficulty, it’s easy to put the right content in every student’s hands.

Kids access their leveled text through an interactive learning portal designed to keep them motivated and engaged. Every eBook is available in online and mobile formats, and allows students to listen to, read at their own pace, and record themselves reading. Students then take a corresponding eQuiz complete with an extended answer response to test comprehension and determine future instruction needs. Once a child has read ten or more of the leveled eBooks and passed each of the corresponding eQuizzes, they advance on to the next reading level where they have access to lengthier and more difficult text.

Mathwhizz

The Math-Whizz Suite is made up of three core elements that work together to drive math progress in schools. These include their award-winning AI driven tutor, in-depth assessment and reporting tools and a bank of high-quality resources.

This program aligns with our Math In Focus curriculum, and will enable us to provide more support and enrichment for our range of math learners.

XtraMath

This is an online program that focuses on fact fluency. Fact fluency enables students to access more complex concepts without being held back by lack computation skills.

Please note that all login and access information will be provided to students individually.

FAQs

Daily Schedule:

Take a peek at our daily schedule for a preview of your child’s day.

Specialists:

Physical Education 

P.E. will be on Wednesdays and Fridays. Students will receive a link to a different weekly activity, to use during class time, on Wednesdays. P.E.LIVE classes will be on Fridays.

“Get ready to move, shake out some wiggles, be silly and have FUN.  Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothing they can easily move in and appropriate shoes for support (please, no boots, flats, backless or heeled shoes). Students will need a little open space to move freely and have a water bottle handy. We will be focusing on basic body movements by using games and short circuit workouts. Our main goals are to learn to move our bodies safely and have FUN!!”

Spanish

Spanish will be on Mondays and Fridays. Students will receive a link to a different weekly activity, to use during class time, on Mondays. Spanish LIVE classes will be on Fridays.

Music

Music will be on Tuesdays and Thursday. Students will receive a link to a different weekly activity, to use during class time, on one day and enjoy Music LIVE classes on the other.

Communication:

I can be reached at my email rgazewood@guadalupe-school.org, through Seesaw Family messaging, or at 206-935-0651 ext# 105. If calling during school hours please dial extension #101 and leave a message at the front desk. Once the school day begins I am often unable to check messages until the end of the day as I am usually with the children.