Distance Learning Program
My first time experiencing distance learning this school year I was extremely impressed with what I saw. I love the idea of synchronous learning. Having the kids who are home take part of the actual lessons as they take place in the classroom is such a great idea. It was noticeable that the teachers all went out of their way to ensure that the kids at home understood what the task was and they were working hard to make sure that everyone got an opportunity to participate. I specifically want to mention Ann-Lynn. During her General Studies session she divided the kids into smaller groups to assess their reading abilities. Each group consisted of in-person students with at-home students. Ann-Lynn navigated the meeting, including sharing her screen and addressing any questions from the kids in class, seamlessly. I was so impressed to see that Ann-Lynn added an extra lawyer of PPE by adding the face shield over her mask while the children were sitting close by. All in all, it was a great way for me to see how the teachers function in class and interact with the kids. I probably don't know half of the work that went into making all of this work or the challenges that the teachers had to overcome and continue to face, but the end result is nothing short of impressive.
Ottawa Jewish Community School, OJCS