K - Grade 4

Online learning in Lower School supports children’s development through experiential learning and inquiry. Learning offers authentic opportunities to focus on key concepts, knowledge, and skills. Learning engagements are fun and playful and emphasize interaction and creativity. Activities involve a balance of on-screen and off-screen tasks designed to engage learners in experiences that connect to previous learning and the current curriculum. Students will be able to access continuous learning from their teachers using Seesaw.

Our Approach

  • Learning for students is holistically focused, giving students the opportunity to develop cognitive, physical and social emotional skills.
  • Learning engagements encourage children and families to engage in learning together within their environment.
  • Learning connects to current units of inquiry and curriculum. 
  • Opportunities and prompts support students to share their feelings, considering how they can manage concerns they may experience as a result of the change in their schooling and being away from their friends and the school environment.

Daily Routines

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Students
  • Establish daily routines for engaging in the learning experiences (e.g. 9:00 am start).
  • Identify a comfortable, quiet space in your home where you can work effectively and successfully.
  • Regularly monitor Seesaw to check for learning tasks and feedback from your teachers.
  • Complete assignments with integrity and academic honesty, doing your best learning.
  • Meet commitments and due dates.
  • Communicate proactively with your teachers if you cannot meet deadlines or require additional support.
  • Collaborate and support your classmates in your learning, where possible.
  • Comply with BT’s Responsible Use policy, including expectations for online etiquette.
  • Proactively seek out and communicate with other adults at BT as different needs arise.
  • Find ways to be active.
Families
  • Establish routines and expectations.
  • Monitor communications from your child's teacher. 
  • Take an active role in helping your child process their learning.
  • Establish times for quiet and reflection and provide time for your child to have ownership over their own use of time and activity.
  • Encourage physical activity and exercise.
  • Be mindful of your child’s wellbeing; speak to them regularly about concerns or challenges.
  • Monitor how much time your child is spending online.
  • Communicate concerns or questions with the teacher via email.
Classroom Teachers
  • Start the day with a pre-recorded, posted video welcome for students on Seesaw.
  • Check-in with students regarding social emotional wellbeing related to the reason for the campus closure and redirect to the school counselor, if necessary.
  • Share the learning for the day with students and families through the use of Seesaw activities.
  • Plan activities that are easily understood and facilitated by parents.
  • Provide opportunities for students to share their learning, relevant assessments, and reflections on Seesaw.
  • Provide reflection and feedback on the students’ posts on Seesaw.
  • Provide opportunities for students to work collaboratively through a virtual environment.
  • Provide time and opportunities for students to have agency over their own learning during this time.
  • Be available via email to answer questions about the activities, as needed from 8:00 am to 3:45 pm.
  • Provide activities that include time away from devices, such as outdoor play where appropriate.
STAR Teachers
  • Contribute activities to Seesaw.
  • Plan activities that are easily understood and facilitated by parents.
  • Provide opportunities for students to share their learning on Seesaw. 
  • Provide reflection and feedback on students' posts on Seesaw.
  • Be available via email to answer questions about the activities, as needed from 8:00 am to 3:45 pm.
School Counselor
  • Support classroom teachers with social emotional learning.
  • Serve as support for students and families. 
  • Support teachers to provide students with wellbeing activities.
  • Provide Seesaw lessons weekly. 
Learning and Curriculum Coordinator
  • Collaborate with the subject or classroom teachers in order to plan for students on their caseload.
  • Scaffold, modify, or differentiate activities, as necessary, for students based on their workload.
  • Communicate regularly with students and their parents about students’ workload to ensure they have success with tasks.
  • Provide supplementary learning activities for students based on their workload, who may benefit from additional practice to support their individual needs.
  • Monitor student learning and provide feedback and next steps.
Library Media Specialist
  • Collaborate with colleagues to find resources for high-quality learning experiences and research.
  • Regularly check in with classroom teachers to identify ways to support the design of learning experiences.
  • Be available for teachers as needed to support the development of rich learning engagements.
  • Continually monitor the needs of teachers, students, and parents and troubleshoot their challenges, as needed.
  • Be available in person or remotely to provide on-demand tech support help for teachers.

CURRENT STATUS: Campus will remain closed and distance learning will be in place through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. 

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