Continuous Learning Plan Begins April 13
Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and understanding as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 health crisis. As our teachers prepare to implement our Continuous Learning Plan which includes teacher office hours, resources and more after Spring Break April 6-10, I would like to take this opportunity to share some thoughts about how our students can use this time to prepare as well.
Many of our teachers have already provided extended opportunities for their students to stay engaged in relevant learning toward their coursework. Although this learning is considered optional, I strongly encourage all our students to use this time to practice the necessary habits that will be required of them to be successful in this new learning environment during the closure.
Moving from a traditional educational model to a remote learning model will be a steep learning curve for many of our students. Setting aside time every day over the next few weeks to practice will be essential in helping prepare our students for success.
Suggested strategies to prepare for Continuous Learning:
- Check email daily.
- Develop a consistent daily study schedule for continuous learning.
- Find your ideal study environment and set up a defined space that is free from distractions.
- Keep your space and study materials organized.
- Practice effective communication through writing full sentences in Microsoft Teams and email, as often as you can.
- Practice making connections with friends and fellow classmates using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and/or other interactive, collaborative tools.
- Update your email addresses in Skyward.
Between now and April 24, students and families can continue to access online resources for independent, self-directed learning on our website. Though there is no perfect strategy that guarantees online success, practicing these strategies now will help students develop the right habits-of-mind to be successful. We hope you find these helpful. You can also continue to check our online FAQ and www.kent.k12.wa.us/closure for the most up-to-date information.
Students, the most important factor in your continuous learning success during this school closure is fulfilling your role as the learner– the learning experience is what you make of it. Be an active participant, ask questions, and enjoy the opportunities that will be provided to you.
On a more personal note, I truly hope all families are able to take full advantage of this extended time to create memorable experiences with each other. Please take all the necessary precautions you need to keep your family safe. Our school community is in a good place right now. Our teachers are confident, ready and prepared for whatever comes our way. We are here for you, and I know we will be here for each other with each uncertain day that lies ahead.
Last but not least, If you haven’t visited our Pine Tree Facebook page, I recommend it. We have been posting some fun activities including staff read alouds, daily challenges and much more.
In the meantime, take care, be well, and stay healthy!