Mike Miele of the Highlander Institute and Stefanie Lafleur of Greystone Elementary School join us to talk about the expectations and reality of making the shift to distance learning during a pandemic.
02:31 Difference between digital and distance learning
02:58 Distance learning is not a synonym for virtual learning
04:09 Their [our kids’] social emotional well being is just as important as their ability to continue learning.
04:32 Friday the 13th (March 13th, when K-12 schools closed)
06:30 What did you (teachers and educators) expect going into this shift?
06:56 Reaching out to families
08:52 Hurdles encountered so far and how those hurdles have changed
09:38 Grade-level meetings every Friday
12:03 NASCAR analogy: Staying with the pace car; we don’t have to go past the pace car.
13:10 Zoom fatigue
14:02 Our curriculum wasn’t built for distance learning
14:59 How are we going to transition back to the 6-hour school day in September?
15:51 Bringing in opportunities for socio-emotional learning
16:33 Point of re-evaluation: What is the most important thing kids need to learn? And what’s not?
17:47 When school is in the home: we need to meet kids and families where they’re at and support them along the way, and focus on SEL (socio-emotional learning) and relationship-building
19:52 Big picture perspective that keeps people at the center
20:23 Some of the successes experienced
21:04 Shift to a real learning community focused on school change
22:52 Community is at the heart of all the work here (at Greystone)
25:25 Action steps to take