What Parents Are Saying About Remote Learning At The Harbor School
HARBOR SCHOOL REMOTE LEARNING
During these unprecedented times, staying closely connected to our students and maintaining the deep feeling of community and belonging that has forever been a part of our school, is of the utmost importance. As our doors closed, and we moved to learning remotely, the faculty recognized the need for a model that was rooted in this need to stay connected as a learning community. Our model maintains and nurtures connections in three key areas.
These areas are:
Learning Connections: Learning Connections is divided into Guided Learning and Independent Learning.
Community Connections: Community Connections is divided into Group Belonging (cohort/grade level/section connections) and Individual Belonging.
Well-Being Connections: Well-Being Connections focusses on being ‘offline, off-screen, and outside’. It engages all students in a process of reflecting upon their own learning style, and emotional well-being. It helps students identify what they need to stay engaged with learning and with their community.
Learning Connections is the main vehicle through which ‘academic’ learning takes place.
Learning Connections is divided into two sections; Guided Learning and Independent Learning. These two components are different in nature but are of equal importance. In order for our students to continue to thrive academically in a remote setting, they must engage in both sections with equal responsibility and commitment. Guided Learning takes place at a fixed, pre-scheduled time during the week and is led by a teacher. Independent Learning happens at a time that may also be scheduled into the student’s week. However, this learning has greater flexibility and students, depending on their age and learning style, can complete this work at a time that better fits their own daily schedule.
Harbor School recognizes the need for our students to be rooted in a sense of community. This is true when we are on campus as well as when students learn remotely. Community Connections is divided into two sections; Group Belonging and Individual Belonging. As with Learning Connections, these two components are different in nature but are also of equal importance. Group Belonging is made up of a series of opportunities that allow students to remain personally connected to their friends by joining together as a grade, cohort, or school section. Importantly, and recognizing the additional stress that remote learning, being online and also being ‘present’ puts on some of our students, some Group Belonging activities may be optional. Individual Belonging is made up of individual student/faculty connections and is a required part of our Remote Learning Model.
WELL BEING CONNECTIONS
We increasingly recognize the need to build time into the remote learning week for mental and physical health and well-being. Well-Being Connections is focused on being ‘offline, off-screen, outside’. It engages all students in a process of reflecting upon their own learning style, and emotional well-being. It helps students identify what they need to stay engaged with learning and with their community.
Well-Being Connections will ensure that students do not spend all day in front of a computer screen. Play is an integral part of childhood and schooling and while it is difficult to mandate play remotely, Harbor School is mindful of the stresses that students are under when they learn remotely. They miss their teachers, they miss their friends and they miss the world of play.