Remote Learning Plans
We recognize that at any point during the school year circumstances may require that we close campus. We have continued to build upon the remote learning program launched last March and are prepared to quickly transition to a full remote model so that student learning continues without interruption.
Our beliefs about remote learning are firmly rooted in the School's mission, vision, guiding principles, and core virtues. While we cannot duplicate the experience of being together on campus, all aspects of the remote learning program are designed to reflect that experience. We continue to provide a program rooted in the principles of child development and responsive to the changing needs of growing children. The program is also designed to be situationally responsive and allow for partnership with parents as we recognize that this pandemic impacts the families of students and staff in varied ways. Finally, as with everything we do at St. Thomas School, we maintain an innovator's mindset and are committed to refining our program.
Types of Remote Instruction
Synchronous (Live Lessons)
These lessons are delivered using the MS Teams platform. Students are interactive in real time with adults and each other.
The whole class is present along with a teacher. Since only one student can speak at a time, this model limits student to student interaction. A child’s stamina for focus in these meetings is very low. This model is best when a teacher wants to share information with all the students at once. Mini-lessons can occur in this environment.
Students meet with a teacher in curated groups to address specific topics. This model allows for responsive, differentiated instruction with high levels of student to teacher and student to student interaction. This model is highly effective for student learning.
A student and a teacher meet one on one for a brief, specific conversation.
Chapel and Other Social Gatherings
Maintaining a strong sense of community is an essential component of learning, especially in the Remote Learning environment. These may be gatherings of any size, where academic lessons are not the core intention.
Asynchronous (On-Demand Learning)
These lessons provide families with flexibility; students can interact with the content at any time and with the level of independence their development allows.
Teacher Recorded Lessons
Short, concise lessons recorded by a teacher to share information about a specific skill. They are most often embedded in a Sway or OneNote notebook page and used to introduce an assignment or concept.
Teacher Curated Video Lessons
These are short videos on a specific topic that the teacher has curated to contribute to the learning objectives. These are most often embedded in a OneNote notebook page or linked to an external website.
Adaptive Computer Programs
These are resources such as RazKids, Dreambox, or Lexia that provide content to students and visibility to teachers. Teachers can respond to student work on these platforms and assign tasks to specific students.
These are the tasks teachers assign to students in the various subject areas. They most often require students to submit work which is then reviewed by the teacher. These are usually found in the class websites and grade books in the Middle School.