Distance Learning Plan (DLP)
We are using a combination of synchronous (i.e., students and faculty interacting in real time via text chat, videoconference, or some other medium) and asynchronous methods to keep students engaged and learning. Faculty will be providing lessons and assignments in alignment with the days they would typically meet. Students should already have heard from most of their teachers via email with specific plans and expectations, but here is some general information and advice that students should make sure to read carefully:
- Check your school email regularly. Students should be checking their @saintanselms.org email accounts, at a minimum, at the beginning, middle, and end of the normal school day. As a reminder, school email is accessed through Outlook 365 (not Google) and students use the same password they would use to access our network here at school. Any student having difficulty accessing his St. Anselm’s email should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
- Check Google Classroom and other online learning tools regularly. Most of our teachers are using Google Classroom to communicate course content, announcements, and assignments. Some faculty are using other online tools and/or contacting students directly via email. Students should make sure to check these resources frequently, anticipating some kind of assignment and/or activity for each day that the class would typically meet. Teachers will continue to communicate grades through NetClassroom.
As mentioned above, some learning activities will be “synchronous” (including webinar-style instruction via Zoom), when all students need to be online at an appointed time to participate. Students should pay special attention to these events, which will be announced via the platforms mentioned above, and ensure they are on time for class, as it were.
- Stay organized. Students and families should be thinking about where students will be situated for distance learning and what materials they’ll need to have on hand. Be mindful of distractions such as phones and TVs. Continue using your agenda to keep track of what you’re doing each day.
We are urging students to keep a copy of their regular class schedule handy and to organize their distance learning days around that schedule. While every student needs to find a system that works for him, we believe that following the regular school schedule, even loosely, will help students maintain a sense of balance and regularity and better position them to transition back to on-site learning when the time comes. Teachers have also been asked to keep the regular school day schedule in mind when scheduling synchronous learning events and assignment deadlines.
This is a new paradigm for all of us, and we thank families for bearing with us as we move learning online. Students who have questions about distance learning should feel free to email teachers directly or reach out to their Form Advisors or Division Head.
We realize that remote learning creates a dramatic change of routine for all of us and particularly in your household. To support your sons during this time, we offer the following recommendations:
- Establish a routine and structure for the school day to help your son retain a sense of normalcy.
- Create a quiet study space (away from the television) where you can be readily available and easily monitor your child’s progress, making sure they remain in contact with teachers.
- Help your child maintain social relationships using platforms like Office365, Zoom Meet and Google Classroom
- Find ways for your child to get outside and engage in physical activity.