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Lily_NC_NY 03-17-2020 03:00 PM

Moving to online teaching and curriculum - school/district expectations
I'm just so frustrated at the moment - I feel like my district is asking too much of its teachers. They still want us to collect data to enter into our online grading system! And document how we are following IEPs. They seem to feel that we can totally get our kids to all sign in at the same time to listen to and interact/follow along with a lesson. That might work in districts and schools where there aren't huge families, but that's not the case here. We have some families with several children - who will all need time on devices and using internet bandwidth to complete their work. Trying to schedule that is a nightmare.

I'm curious - for other teachers out-of-school due to Coronavirus, what are your district/school expectations regarding online learning and curriculum?

Lady Teacher 03-17-2020 03:30 PM

On line expectations
I'm so sorry that you are experiencing this! That is so hard and I see the frustration that so many of my fellow teachers are dealing with. My sister is a teacher and her district gave them super high expectations with no support at all!

In my district the union sat down and bargained expectations for these weeks. This week our only expectation was to send a quick email to families. Teachers are in virtual PD sessions learning google classroom, See Saw, Google Hangout etc. These PD hours count towards our state requirements. Next week, we are to send a daily message to students. We are then supposed to offer a learning opportunity each day that is review or enrichment. That is it. We are in no way expected to duplicate a school day, grade papers, take attendance etc. This isn't school. Our virtual teachers however, continue just as they always do.

This week we are focused on taking care of ourselves, our families and learning. The third week is our spring break. Our union bargained these expectations for us. I am so grateful for them and I honestly feel sorry for teachers that are experiencing this panic and unrealistic expectations from families and admin. Each family that needs tech is being given an Ipad or Chromebook. Our food service is giving away all of the food that was ordered for hot lunches at multiple locations for any family that wants or needs it. Every single person is getting paid, teachers, paras, bus drivers, food service and even our long term subs. For all of the complaints I sometimes have, I am grateful for my union and our district right now.

Tessa_Rue 03-17-2020 04:39 PM

Our district has no expectations, at least at the elementary level. We found out late last Thursday that Friday would be our last day. Everyone sent packets home, but they are optional. We also sent home login info for the sites we use. Not all of our families have internet access - heck, some of our teachers barely have access at home either!

We canít even step foot in our buildings til April 6. We will see how everything plays out.

whatever 03-17-2020 05:00 PM

I think we are doing it exactly right!
We sent out items and ideas to families with the intention to maintain and/or reinforce current content mastery at all levels. We have no expectations beyond that.

We will not collect or grade these items. They are a combination of the online/digital, hands-on tasks and paper packets.

Even in SpEd, my lowest students can do some of that at home.

This way it gives the students something to do when they need it but doesn't unnecessarily penalize those who cannot. It maintains current mastery but doesn't expect them to conquer new concepts or material without assistance.

Now, if it goes beyond these initial 3 weeks off, it may not be sufficient. But we were already three weeks into the 4th quarter. We are in the home stretch already. We shall see.

Ima Teacher 03-17-2020 05:27 PM

We are making it up as we go along. All but maybe 10 of my kids have internet access, and they all have Chromebooks. We are doing our current unit as we would be, with modifications, of course. It is a new topic, but not a new standard. Our math teachers are making instructional videos. We are online every day from 8 to 3 to help kids.

We are grading easier than usual.

sevenplus 03-17-2020 05:44 PM


That's EXACTLY what happened in my district. Who knows? Maybe it's the same district.

I'm frustrated because we've gotten no further direction. The governor says students are still being instructed, but they're not. Many of our students don't have internet access.

One of my students logged onto iReady yesterday and worked for 15 minutes. 1 out of 26.

The district posted packets of worksheets online for parents to print. Kind of hard to print if you don't have a computer let alone a printer.

mrsd5 03-17-2020 06:52 PM

My district
Retired teacher and sub in the district. Our teachers have been trained and prepared for e-learning days. I ran into a teacher at the local coffee truck today, and she said they had to be available from 8 to 11 and 1 to 3 each day. She was checking attendance frequently as we visited. From what I have seen on FB and Twitter, most parents are happy with the lessons. Even the music teachers have students recording their music for assessment. My friend has created some amazing lessons, and from what I have seen on Twitter, and so have other teachers. I know high school teachers are having Office hours with video calls through Google classroom. Our small district seems to be ahead of the curve. Of course, I may be prejudiced.

rana712 03-18-2020 03:33 AM

Our superintendent
CLEARLY said no new learning is expected. We should try to review with students with the understanding that some students do not have access to the internet and some students will not access the review that is provided.

Teachers with Regents courses needed for graduation, and teachers with AP courses should try to get study guides to students.

We have scrambled and everyone has given 110% to convert to online review. Our K-2 students don't have access to school provided devices. I know I provided paper review packets for the 300 kids I see. Additionally, I am trying to post a song, video or review lesson for my grade 3-5 kids on Google Classroom.

Our super said that our primary purpose is to support students and to let them know that we are thinking about them and care for them.

sterlingsun 03-18-2020 10:54 AM

Review Only and Optional
Everything at my school is supposed to be review only and so far it is optional. I've posted assignments to google classroom for next week. Not too confident many of my students will do them, but at least something is there for students and parents who want it.

I am not expected to do data collection at the moment nor grade any assignments passed 3/13 when we officially went on the 2 week closure. I am expected to do weekly Zoom sessions with my team (I've done two so far) and do a weekly staff meeting via Zoom (just finished one today).

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