Elementary Day in the Life
Important Notice Regarding COVID-19
The 2020-21 school year’s instructional format will remain flexible to ensure student and staff safety. WDMCS may adjust processes and learning environments at any given point throughout the school year. Depending on community health conditions, a temporary transition to online learning could take place at a classroom, school, or district level.
The following example elementary schedules were developed for the Continuous Online Learning Environment. Similar schedules may be used for online learning days in the Hybrid Option 2 Learning Environment.
We plan for elementary students learning online to follow a schedule with some classroom virtual meetings and built-in breaks, which may be supported by dedicating some staff to online teaching only. Another option would be to have teachers pre-record lessons for online students to watch at the time that works best for them.
Both plans depend on the number of students that choose online and on-site learning. No matter what, WDMCS will ensure teachers have appropriate time to engage with and provide feedback to all students. We will share more information as it becomes available.
Elementary students will experience learning and connect with each other through a daily schedule that provides flexibility and creativity.
- Virtual Class Check-In: Starting the day off right is important. At the beginning of each day, teachers and students will connect using Google Meets or Zoom. Teachers will engage students in a collaborative activity, share the goals for the day, take attendance, and answer questions.
- Whole-Class Learning: Teachers may provide direct instruction, review independent work learning activities, engage students in class discussions, and oversee collaborative group work.
- Independent Learning/Break: Students will engage in independent learning through the weekly independent work learning plans that will be posted to Canvas. Teachers will provide students with additional lessons, independent activities, and opportunities to collaborate with their peers. Breaks and additional extension activities are an important part of the day to keep students engaged.
- Art, Music, PE, Guidance, Media: Students will connect online with each teacher ONE TIME PER WEEK. Independent activities will be shared through Canvas.
- Independent Learning/Small Group Instruction/Break: Teachers will schedule individual and/or small group virtual meetings with students throughout the week. Teachers may provide support, work on goals, and talk about progress and group work. Students may also receive additional support related to an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) needs.
- Virtual Class Closing: It’s important to provide an end to the school day. Teachers will engage students in a collaborative activity, review learning from the day, and preview content for the following day.