Remote Learning Tips
RCS 137 resumes remote learning classes beginning Jan. 5th, 2021. Students will return to a hybrid model on Jan. 19, 2021, for families who have already decided on that option for their family. Amy Blomberg, Broadmeadow principal, has compiled a list of helpful tips to get off to a good start this new year! We are excited to have you back, and look forward to supporting your learning and answering any questions you may have!
TIPS FOR SUCCESS: Parents: ● Although we appreciate high involvement from our parents and know it is essential to helping our students experience academic and behavioral success, it is important that students complete all of their own work and tests. The teachers use the information so that they can plan future lessons for your child. It is o.k. if they don’t know something-this alerts the teacher to teach it. We don’t want to miss teaching something the students may need to learn.
● Monitor your children as they access the online learning environment. They should be on zoom or in their google classroom. They should only be accessing school-related information.
● Encourage your child to use the bathroom prior to the session to avoid interruptions and loss of instructional time.
● Be aware of their surroundings. Find a place in your residence that is free from distractions where they can also be comfortable and focus on connecting with the class. Remove noisy distractions like pets, TV, and music. If you do not have a quiet space, give the student headphones. Set up a location where the student can sit and has a surface to write on.
● It is important for students to be engaged and active participants in a virtual setting. Valuable learning occurs when students participate in-class lessons, discussions, and activities by responding to their classmates and teacher.
● Check-in with the student. Not all students thrive in distance learning; some struggle with too much independence or lack of structure. Please check in with your child at the beginning and end of the day. These check-in routines can help avoid later challenges and disappointments. They help students develop self-management and executive functioning that are essential skills for life.
● Teachers will mainly be communicating regularly through our online platforms, virtual
learning environments, and email. Stay in contact with classroom teachers. If you have concerns, let someone know. We are committed to making this be a valuable learning experience for you. We are here to help! It is so important that we are able to contact you if we need you. Make sure to check your voicemails and that we have a working phone number or email.
● Provide support and encouragement, and expect your children to do their part. Struggling is allowed and encouraged! Don’thelp too much. Becoming independent takes lots of practice. At school, your child engages with other students and any number of adults hundreds of times each day. Many of these social interactions will continue from a distance, but they will be different.
● Attendance remains a high priority at Broadmeadow. Although students are learning virtually, it is still important that they report to each class every day on time, and are ready to learn. They need to complete all of their assignments and turn them in. Remember, attendance is still a primary indicator of academic achievement.
● Try to avoid engaging with students during their live learning sessions. Please wait to talk with your child during a planned learning breaks.
● Be respectful to your classmates and teacher at all times and refrain from disruptive behavior.
● Be on time and use the restroom prior to the session starting.
● Actively participate by asking, answering questions, having discussions, and practicing the skills at home.
● Complete all of your assignments
● Ask your teachers if you have any questions and set up extra zoom sessions if you need help. Do your own work.
● Find a quiet place to work, away from any distractions, and mute yourself except when it is your turn to talk.
● Be sure to find a place where you can sit and a surface to write on so you can practice at home.
● Speak loudly and clearly into the microphone and put headphones on if you have them.