We have completed the fourth week of our online teaching program. We thank you for the continued feedback and overall support that you have provided your children and our teachers.
Our students continue to demonstrate enthusiasm, curiosity, collaboration, and perseverance in this new way of learning. As well, our teachers remain motivated and dedicated to ensuring their students’ online learning experience remains positive.
The online survey conducted previously, the ongoing feedback from parents and students, and the everyday experiences our teachers have encountered have helped us reflect on and adjust our online teaching practices to better accommodate the overall needs of our families.
Along with our students, Hudson faculty have accomplished a lot:
- Above all, this experience is reaffirming the fundamental importance of the relationships that teachers build with their students and families. The trust and knowledge teachers have with their students has enabled them to design and deliver learning experiences that meet core learning objectives successfully.
- The online experience can be challenging for some of our learners and/or their family circumstances, and we have learned to relax or adjust the requirements for those select students and families.
- Our teachers recognize the importance of the overall well-being of our students; in particular, their need to socialize and connect with their peers. Our online classrooms include time for students to engage “socially” in these times of social distancing.
- Consistent online learning schedules are necessary for our students and families to organize their days in advance. Our homeroom teachers have established weekly schedules that include specific times for online group learning and independent work. Our specialty subjects are included in these schedules.
- Our current online teaching schedules have evolved to include the overall needs of our students and families. We understand the unique circumstances of each student/family. Some students need a more detailed schedule, and some need a reduced schedule. We have spoken to those families individually; however, we will maintain the overall current online schedule developed as it has proven to work for the large majority of families and our teachers.
- Teachers have provided central locations to access assigned work, videos, and resources to reduce the number of “places” that parents and students need to access. Teachers have chosen a preferred method to distribute work/ resources and to gather student work (Google Drive folders, Google Classroom, or Seesaw).
- We have become “experts” in using the technology available (Zoom, Google Meets, Seesaw) to deliver our online lessons. Our teachers create their own videos for their students, locate and distribute printable resources, and find creative ways to demonstrate concepts while online.
- We have streamed the curriculum and paced our assignments realistically, recognizing that online learning requires students to work more independently. Where possible, we accommodate the unique learning needs of our students by extending due dates or providing additional resources.
- We communicate concisely and clearly online to ensure our student’s understanding of new concepts is optimized. We encourage student feedback and questions.
- We work as a team of educators by sharing our experience, resources, and knowledge with each other.
Where Do We Go From Here?
This week, we conducted another review of the online programs of other schools. Again, we are happy to report that we continue to provide an online program that is similar to or more comprehensive than other schools.
- Our review identified the need for our teachers to include a final “check-out” or homework period where students have the opportunity to connect with their teachers to ask questions or get clarification on assignments. Grade 2 to Grade 8 schedules will now include a virtual homework period from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm.
- We are thinking differently about assessment, recognizing that traditional tests may not be the best option for online learning. We will inform our students and families about assessments in the next couple of weeks. Questions related to summative assessments will be reviewed once we hear from the Ministry about a potential return-to-school date.
- When we return to the classroom full-time, our teachers will assess student learning in core subjects and resolve any potential gaps resulting from the school shutdown period.
- We will continue to review and reflect on our online teaching program to develop best practices that will ensure our students receive the quality learning experiences they are accustomed to at Hudson.
- We will prioritize the health and well-being of our Hudson community. We encourage students and families to share their experiences in these unprecedented times.
- We will continue to research, review, and share resources with our students and families related to academics, health, and well-being during these unusual circumstances.
We continue to welcome your feedback and support.
Please continue to remain safe and stay positive!
Jeff Bavington & Rose Bastien