Dear Primary Families,
Thank you for your continued support as we near the end of Week 7 of our distance learning program. We have continued to tweak and refine based on the feedback you have provided us and would like to share an update below pertaining to Google Meets.
Making the process more efficient for Google Meets
Over the past couple of weeks, we have been finding ways to streamline synchronous learning. This week, as well as being invited through Seesaw, students from KG to G5 will be able to directly access through Google Meet by swiping up as per the image below. This should make it as easy as possible for students to collate and view all their ‘Meets’ in one place so they can plan their time and be responsible for their own learning.
Participating in the Google Meets across subject areas
As shared in the previous newsletter, participation in the Google Meets remains encouraged, but optional. In an effort to provide opportunities for students to engage with the full program, both homeroom and specialist teachers have set up asynchronous and synchronous learning opportunities. We were pleased to see that over the past two weeks, students' engagement with their specialist classes has increased significantly, both with posted activities in Seesaw and connecting through the synchronous sessions. We realize that not all timings will work for all families on all days, but we have tried our best to balance many factors across grades and classes. We hope that your child(ren) will be able to join at least some of the Google Meets each week, balancing connections with their homeroom and grade-level peers. As shared above, we have worked to create an efficient system for organizing and accessing them.
Celebrating students' work
Beginning with a sketch last week, our Kindergarten artists took it one step further this week by creating a mixed-media artwork using a range of materials. As part of this learning engagement, they inquired further into key words such as mixed media, materials, sketch, front-loading, and inspiration. Students were encouraged to front-load their ideas by sketching and then lay out their materials on a flat surface before gluing, taping and/or painting their mixed media artwork. Our Kindergarten artists were inspired to use materials such as paint, collage, markers, colored pencils and/or found objects to create their projects. These are just a few examples of the creative pieces that were posted over the past week. Thank you Ahmed, Luka, Christina, Jessica, Charlotte, Hanjin, Kianna, Paco and Florence for sharing your creations with us.
Engaging in 'peer observations' via distance learning
Though our teachers have been working from a distance physically, this has not blocked opportunities for ongoing professional collaboration and reflection sessions. Last week, all of our teachers (early years, lower & upper primary, specialists, and student support services) engaged in a form of 'peer reflection', sharing with each other their structures, processes, and celebrations connected to distance learning. Using the Visible Thinking Routine "I See, I Think, I Wonder", colleagues exchanged their comments, reflections and questions with each other through Google Slides. Collaboration and reflection that pushes our professional thinking is a daily practice for our Primary team with this being just one example.
Please continue communicating with us
Thank you for your ongoing feedback. We are here to listen, refine, and support your child and family. We welcome any feedback via the survey or tech support form. Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any one of your child's teacher(s) or a member of the Primary Leadership Team.
Until next week,
Darlene Huson, Primary Principal
Tony Potts, Primary Assistant Principal and Tech Integration Specialist
Christine Kelly, Primary Assistant Principal of Teaching & Learning, PYP Coordinator
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Parent Information Sessions
Here are the upcoming sessions – all parents are welcome and encouraged to attend: