GSSD Supplemental Learning Plan
Despite these uncertain times, we will continue to adhere to our beliefs of Belonging, Respect, Responsibility, Learning, Nurturing and Perseverance as we strive to support your children and your family. The GSSD Supplemental Learning Plan allows us to continue to put students first and realize our vision of learning without limits achievement for all.
The GSSD Supplemental Learning Plan was developed as a framework to support continued student learning during the indefinite closure of schools due to COVID-19. Schools divisions will continue to follow the direction and advice of the Chief Medical Officer. Our priority as a sector is to ensure the safety and well-being of students, and staff. The GSSD Supplemental Learning Plan framework is based on the information provided by the Response Planning Team. FRAMEWORK
The GSSD Supplemental Learning Plan describes learning opportunities divided into three general sections: Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Grades 1-9 Grades 10-12 Prekindergarten and Kindergarten
• Supplemental Learning Opportunities Educators will connect with families using formats appropriate for the families they serve. o Educators will communicate with families to share opportunities that encourage holistic learning including language and literacy, fine and gross motor skills and social emotional skills. o Teachers will assign an average of 3 hours of early learning experiences per student per week, will be expected to work with their students and parents on the delivery of these materials. o Prekindergarten and Kindergarten teachers will be communicating with families using Seesaw and Zoom in most schools.
Grades 1-9 Supplemental Learning Opportunities - Teachers will assign an average of 5 to 7 hours of work per student per week and will be expected to work with their students and parents on the delivery of these materials. o Supplemental learning opportunities will focus on language/literacy and mathematics/numeracy development.
o Other subjects will continue to be offered where possible and practical to all students who wish to continue their learning. Teachers are encouraged to infuse curriculum content from other subject areas into their literacy and numeracy instruction whenever possible. o Grade 1 to 9 teachers will be delivering supplemental learning through Seesaw, Google Classroom or Dojo (if Dojo was already being utilized). A plan to provide technology access to students in need is currently in development.
Learning at Home Value Statement
Education is from birth to forever. Schooling is one part of education; however, parents and families are children's first teachers and continue to teach their children through everyday experiences, family stories, traditions, and genuine conversations.
You are your child's teacher in so many ways, but you are not expected to 'teach' the same way a teacher does in school. During this time, you have the unique opportunity to be flexible, to follow your child's interests, and to create opportunities that honor how your child learns best. We all learn through play. Play changes as we get older. We play with words, puzzles, ideas and problems that we face. The best learning comes from authentic experiences and finding answers to questions that arise from those experiences.
At this time, it will be important to have some daily structure and routines which include consistent mealtimes, chores, bedtimes and some learning and fun in between. Structure and routines provide children with a sense of stability and predictability. This assists them in managing their emotions and regulating according to the varying experiences of the day. Authentic learning can be incorporated into almost everything we do during the day and can be enhanced through conversation and questioning.
While some parents may see this as an exciting time, others may view this as overwhelming. Be comfortable knowing that you are doing your best and that this is a time of learning and growth for you as well. You know your children best. Trust in your capacity to engage with your children in learning. Find opportunities during the day to practice self-care together. Help your children navigate these uncertain times by being their safe place. Partnering with your child's teachers will look different than it has in the past. You will be supported as we all learn together in a different way. Learning is not confined or defined by a building or the hours of 9:00 to 3:30. Honour the time it will take to transition into this new way. We will all work together to build strong foundations for bright futures and ensure learning without limits and achievement for all.
At Home Learning Routines
No one is expected to be on a schedule for learning during this time. However, daily routines bring comfort and security, and help children develop confidence and independence. While routines have many benefits, it is important to find a routine that works for you and your family which is flexible and allows for spontaneity and creativity.
Including the following components in your day will help you and your family to be stimulated intellectually, be cared for physically and emotionally, and to find joy in doing things that you love. Practice self-care Read Learn Exercise / Move your body Connect with others Be creative! Play / Engage in things that you love Connect to nature
Teachers may have examples of what a day might look like when incorporating online learning experiences. Adapting these examples to suit your family and including the components above can ensure the well being of everyone.