Experience – A Timeline
Reflection: Email is less than ideal… especially in this case as the winter storm was already being heavily discussed. On reflection, my excitement to share information took over. More face to face conversation, even in the hallway was needed.
Thursday February 27- Friday February 28
Saturday March 1- Sunday March 2
Monday, March 3rd
It failed to snow.
Still, I learned a lot over the past week about Virtual Learning Days (beside how wicked awesome the faculty and students are at Brebeuf).
- Consider recommended “office hours” to narrow time online expectations for teachers. This also gives students the security that they will receive prompt attention for their questions.
- Consider how much is enough. The idea of a Virtual Learning Day is not to dump 12 hours of busy work in the lap of the students. Reflect realistically on would occur during face to face class time.
- And yes, students are responsible for the work. You can hold them to the usual standards of assignment completion.
Communicate to the entire community
- We were on a time crunch – but still communicated out via our Learning Management System, weekly online newsletter, email and face to face. Now that we have some time… we’ll be even better.
- Ed Tech Newsletter (follow this link to entire newsletter)
- Special shout out to Yorktown Schools who have great examples of parent communication, teacher expectations and student accountability regarding a planned Virtual Learning Day on their website.