Our teachers and school leaders have been reflecting on our first two months of virtual learning this school year, and while we are proud of the steps we've taken to build on our delivery of instruction since the start of the pandemic, we remain engaged in a cycle of continuous improvement. Of late, we have become most concerned about the extent to which we are creating conditions that support student engagement during our live lessons. The screencasts below capture a portion of this discussion, but the most important idea we hope our school community takes away is that a student needs to be an active participant in his or her own learning in order for it to endure. Our teachers are working very hard to provide opportunities for students to "construct" knowledge as a result of their interactions with their teachers and classmates. Whether by engaging in whole-class discussion; partner-chats; small group talks in breakout rooms; written ideas added to discussion boards; or by completing projects or demonstrations, our students learn best when they participate actively in their lessons. I invite our families to join me in thanking our students and teachers for persevering and continuing to be reflective about the ways in which we can improve upon the learning experiences we have been building together.
Student Participation Screencast (English)
Student Participation Screencast (Spanish)