Dear PDS Families:
I just wanted to say how I’ve never been so productive or so academically aware on a Snow day. I’ve been working all day today and yesterday making up work for the D day and other classes. I feel home schooled. I miss school.
Just finishing up using Edmodo for the first time, I have over three hundred replies in less than an hour in a review session about America in WWI. Very awesome
I had 100% participation (6th grade) yesterday
I did create a giant loophole when I posted my assignments by calling them homework…due Thursday and Friday. I have only been contacted by 25% of students. I think Edmodo is probably more effective than posting on my PDS site or emailing, but I’ll assess it tomorrow.
Another snow day tomorrow so online class on Edmodo and Google Docs. Keeps us connected and learning. Classrooms have no walls.
I just wanted to say that the math homework today was excellent. It was challenging and the electronic format was genius! I hope to see more of them, even on non-snow days.
Thank you for the innovative approach – it is great to see that we are able to use technology in this way
As we make our way through what has already been a most trying winter I want to express my appreciation for the understanding and patience of families and faculty.
One snow day can be a delight but this many become a test and a trial. Above are just a few of the comments coming in about how we are coping with the days of snow and ice. I am sure there will be more and possibly some less positive.
I want to assure families that we are doing, and will do, whatever we can to maintain momentum and ensure continuity in spite of the disruptions.
This is somewhat easier to achieve in the older grades where students have greater independence and they and their teachers can use technology to keep connected and the work flow going. It’s harder with the younger children although their teachers have been talking with them about how to stay engaged and always learning. I am so appreciative of the faculty willingness to explore new ways to keep in touch with students and their work.
For the older students at PDS these snow days have been disruptive but manageable.
It may not be the same – but students can continue to read and write essays, responses, poems and position papers. They can work through mathematical examples, tackle complex problems, listen to French, speak in Spanish and conduct research.
They can create, communicate and contribute their ideas; collaborate and submit their work; contact each other and their teacher; and receive feedback via Skype, ooVoo, Edmodo, Facebook, Google docs etc. plus wikis, blogs, chats, text, phone and email.
They can learn their lines, practice their music and maintain fitness. They can catch-up, forge ahead or carve out new directions.
But they can’t rehearse on the stage, perform in the band, sing in the chorus or play on the team. And – while they can use technology to create a virtual classroom – they can’t sit as a group in the same room, eat lunch together or attend an assembly. It’s not the same.
Activities where it is essential that students need to be together in real time – play and concert rehearsals, chorus, and basketball for example – have been the hardest hit. And rescheduling is a challenge.
I know that time lost to weather emergencies raises other concerns for families. Sometimes school is closed but work is not. What to do? We understand the strain and stress on parents who must scramble to find basic child care.
And the academic time lost. Will my child now be at a disadvantage because the class won’t complete the material for that class or complete the course with adequate preparation for the next level? Can the time be made up?
Be assured that we will work to ensure that children are not at any disadvantage because of time lost and that they are indeed moving forward with what they need to do.
In that most annoying but true of axioms – every crisis is an opportunity. And these days of disruption are a chance to discover news ways to get things done and new sources of resilience and support.
I hope all of you are safe, warm, powered and productive. And I hope to see all of the students very soon!