We hope that you are doing well, and your family remains healthy.
The official period of March Break is over, and we are now faced with the question: “How does learning continue and what does it look like?
An important and large part of successful elementary education is the social environment in which learning takes place. The face-to-face interaction between students and teachers is fundamental to the learning process as they share ideas, relate connections, ask questions, identify solutions, and negotiate relationships. Fundamentally, much of elementary learning relies on this reflexive, interactive process. School closures, due to the coronavirus, have disrupted this process.
Hudson College teachers remain dedicated to the continued education of our students during the mandated school closure. Parents and teachers must work together to continue the learning process for students. We also recognize the unique circumstances of our families and teaching staff (many of whom are parents themselves). While parents work at home, they are also responsible for the care of children and depending on their age, some require direct supervision.
For elementary students, who thrive on the social atmosphere of schooling, online learning will be limited in its success. With the proud knowledge that Hudson elementary curriculum is about a year ahead in math and language (core subjects that almost all academic learning is dependent on), after much deliberation, we have decided on the teaching schedules that will be in place during the school closures. These schedules take into consideration:
- in many households, siblings (and working parents) share computers
- depending on the age of the student, adult supervision is required in the learning process (particularly in navigating devices and staying focused), and
- depending on the age of the student, adult instruction is required.
The schedules will be reviewed at week’s end. Teachers have the flexibility to fill the schedule as they see appropriate for their students. The specialty subjects will be primarily project-based assignments. Your child’s teacher will email the schedule that applies to his/her homeroom grade.
Keep Healthy & Well,
Jeff Bavington & Rose Bastien