“Am I the only one having such a hard time managing online learning for my children?”
“Will my son have a hard time going back to school when it re-opens?”
“Will my daughter be ready for the next grade?”
“Are my kids getting too much work to do -- or too little?”
“How much screen time is ok?”
These are the questions we are all asking ourselves. These are also the very same questions teachers ask themselves every day.
We’re all trying stay connected in good, meaningful ways -- to each other, to our daily lives, to the world, to what we need to feel ok. It’s not always easy. We have families, friends and staff in our community who have suffered great loss. Even more reason for connecting in the closest way we can right now.
One thing is sure: our priority is the emotional stability of our children and finding ways to keep them connected academically so that school continues to be engaging but not overwhelming (for students and parents). Our teachers have classroom meetings and one-on-ones which are as much about providing a sense of togetherness and connection as they are about learning. There are other activities that can be done at any time of the day or sometimes not even that day. Because if not completing a lesson means doing something meaningful away from the screen -- perhaps even going outdoors -- then by all means, disconnect from that screen.
One of our parents wrote this:
All this is to say that when the worst of the pandemic is over and we head back to school together, we believe that our students will be ready. They won’t be burned out on worksheets and learning in a digital vacuum. Rather, they will be eager to return to their well-resourced classrooms; to once again go as a group to the park and the museums for science and art and math; to once again have deep and collaborative discussions and learn new things together.
Gracias, Xiéxié, Thank You
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