Thank you for a great week of distance learning! It was our first full week and we are still working out kinks and trying to make this as successful as possible. I can definitely see a lot of improvement from our first week and feel confident that we will get into a rhythm. :) Thank you again for all of your support! This would not be possible without you! As we enter into another week, here are some things to keep in mind:
-All assignments will now be posted on Sunday evenings by 5:00 pm. We want you to have extra time to see what is expected for the week and to come up with a schedule that works for your family.
-I am also going to be posting a weekly overview and video for the class at the start of each week (Sundays by 5:00 pm) so they can see what our big ideas are and get more prepared for the week ahead. This will be directly posted onto Google Classroom every week for the kids to read and view.
-We have talked with our administration and will only be asking for TWO sentences on our weekly learning log instead of every question filled out because we recognize that typing for 2nd graders is tough. We can see what they have been working on all week in Google Classroom. So, they can choose their favorite two activities to reflect on and write a sentence about that. If your child wants to answer every question, they are welcome to do so! It is no longer a requirement though. Hopefully that alleviates some stress at home. Also, I will not be grading that assignment. It will be used as another piece of data to track attendance going forward.
-Please know that there is a Friday deadline goal for all assignments on Google Classroom, however, I will still be checking and grading anything turned in on the weekends. I understand that this is a very challenging situation and it is hard to work and co-teach your child at the same time.
-As a reminder, everything in Google Classroom can be typed on and turned in. So, when students have google docs or google slides to type on that will still be available to them. If that is too difficult to do, please print off the assignments and have your child write their responses and upload it back onto Google Classroom. These are the best solutions that we have at this time.
-We have many external websites that we incorporate in our assignments to help reinforce concepts for the week (Epic, BrainPop, etc...) so it is important to keep passwords and logins in one place. On my website under the Distance Learning tab, I have included a document that has a table with our class codes that can be filled out with your child for their own individual accounts. If you have not looked at that I would encourage you to do so. Many families have found that very helpful.
-I am going to be sending our Weekly Office Hours out through Google Classroom every Wednesday (and to your personal emails just in case). Your child can look on Google Classroom right before 3:00 pm each Wednesday and join our office hours directly from there.
-I am also going to try to schedule "small group" meet ups with the kids every week. I would love to aim for Thursdays in 15 minute increments to make sure I am "seeing" everyone. I would love your feedback to see if that is something you think would work for your family.
-Finally, I will be sending a separate email about another account (that is completely optional) called Flipgrid. This will be another way to socially interact with each other every week. Please be sure to read that email and let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you again for all that you have been doing to help your kiddo be so successful this week! I am so proud of them and all that they are accomplishing! As always, please email me with any questions or concerns that you have. I am here to problem solve and continue working toward a positive experience for you and your families. :)
Thank you again for all of your patience. We are continually growing, learning, and trying to navigate this online learning together in order to create the best learning experience for your child! :)