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What is Distance Learning?
Distance Learning is an educational learning experience in which there is a physical separation of educators and learners during instruction. Various technologies (Chromebooks or personal devices) may be used to access the internet, aligned resources and specific apps or applications for learning. These learning experiences include the facilitation of educator to learner, as well as learner to learner communication opportunities.
What does LPS Distance Learning mean for my child?
This means your child will be working through learning activities and assignments daily in order to support multiple areas of their learning. Educators will design and provide distance learning in a variety of ways, such as video connections, blogs, online discussions and virtual assignments.
What will be taught during LPS Distance Learning?
We will continue to provide essential learning while maintaining our focus on the priority standards. This focus will provide consistency of curriculum and instruction across the district.
What if my learner receives specialized services through Special Education, Section 504, English Language Learner, Dual Language Immersion or Gifted and Talented?
We are working to ensure access to instruction for all learners, while understanding that our learners have a variety of needs. We are continuing to take guidance from the state and federal government in meeting these needs. The main instruction will be guided by the general education teacher in collaboration with the specialized services and support teams, as needed. We will be thoughtful around each learner based on their individual needs. Each individual program will work in collaboration with educators and families to ensure that learning plans meet the needs of our learners in light of the current circumstances.
What is the daily schedule?
There will be specific time frames allocated for instruction, office hours for teachers and other educational providers but not a specific time of day. We made this conscious decision, to provide flexibility for our families to assist in the learning and times that work best for personal circumstances. Individualized daily schedules have been designed for the following groups: PK-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
Within this daily schedule, we are also striving to ensure the following:
Log into your child's devices to make sure your child is accessing the learning provided. (PK-2 grade students may need more support with logging-in and navigating through the various applications for learning as they get started.)
For our initial week of instruction, we want to ensure we have given all of our families and learners time to get acclimated with this new type of distance learning. This includes accessing your child’s Google Classroom, as well as the online resources necessary to help support their overall learning.
Monitor your child’s learning when they are using their devices.
Check frequently and have your child check frequently for communications and instructions from your child's teachers and from your school.
Please reach out to your child's teachers or to your school if you are having issues with accessing the learning experiences. We are here for you!
Know your kid.
Different kids will do best in different learning environments. If your child learns better in groups, try a Google hangout study session with a fellow classmate. The older kids are, the longer they may be able to work on their own. And remember, resources are going to become available slowly for students who need them — you may not have to do this all by yourself.
Strong learners can do even better independently, but weaker learners may really struggle. "Online [and independent] learning is really hard for a lot of people. It requires a lot of self-regulated learning skills," says MIT education researcher Justin Reich.
This is a good time for passion projects.
Free online resources are amazing but just the beginning. Ana Homayoun, an educational coach for students in the Bay Area, says this is a good time for kids to pursue interests they haven't had time to focus on in the past. It could be cooking, building in Minecraft or drawing. Bonus: If it's something they're truly interested in, you won't have to bug them to do it.
Free online educational resources don't equal free education. Don't get bogged down by the flood of downloadable PDFs and lesson plans available online. If you're working from home yourself, they can be especially overwhelming.
Instead, find a couple of resources that work and build from there. Prioritize your kid's greatest need and then their biggest interest or passion. Look for resources that will keep them connected to their real-life community — piano lessons, Sunday school and local dance classes are all going online. Grandparents and family friends are volunteering to lead activities like storytime and craft sessions. You're not going to recreate school in one day, so start small.
Set up designated space and time for learning.
Kids may need to move around during the day, but Homayoun suggests having one or two designated areas for learning. Have your kids pack up their materials into a basket so they can put them aside when they're finished.
Same goes for time. While it's good to have a general daily routine, you can also be flexible. It's OK to let your kids sleep in a little later than usual — research shows many of our children and teens are chronically sleep-deprived. Plus, most homeschoolers don't teach seven hours straight a day. Shoot for two to four good academic hours instead. And don't forget to get outside — learning happens outdoors too.
Be forgiving of yourself and your kid.
This is a very stressful time. If you need to put on a movie to get through the day, that's absolutely fine. Homayoun says, "You don't have to home school if it's really going to cause severe emotional distress for everyone involved. And I think that's really important for parents to hear right now because we all feel so much personal pressure."