When Your Classroom Goes Virtual Overnight

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When Your Classroom Goes Virtual Overnight

How do you transition from physical classroom learning to online learning overnight? If you're a teacher at SSIS - seamlessly.

With less than 12 hours notice, faculty and staff across all divisions mobilized to ensure that there was no gap in learning for our students when we closed our campus, following a government directive for coronavirus prevention. 

With a variety of tools and techniques, teachers from elementary school, middle school, and high school have been making use of the many existing online solutions that SSIS uses. But teachers have also been busy coming up with several new and creative ways to adapt the physical classrooms, and lessons, into virtual ones. 

Grade 1 teacher Catherine Curran, instructs a class parent, as he picks up materials and the iPad which will support his child's learning during the school closure.

"I'm delighted, but by no means surprised, at how quickly our experienced faculty was able to adapt to a trying situation," says Head of School, Dr. Catriona Moran. "Teachers have truly shown extraordinary care for our students, and the extent to which they value our students' right to uninterrupted learning."  

From individual face-to-face online conferencing to video recordings and Google Meets, here are a few divisional snapshots of the ways that learning has taken shape this week, as our classroom went virtual.

Elementary School

Each day, the Grade 2 Elementary School team gathers to record their upbeat and cheerful morning messages to students. 

Grade 2 team recording morning message.

ES Learning Support teacher, Natalie Rouse, greets a student for his, and her, first-ever online guided reading lesson. It was a success!

Ms. Rouse in her classroom conducting an online guided reading session.

Middle School

Using online software, Desmos, Middle School math teacher, Mona Schraer keeps close contact with students, noting their students' responses and their progress on assignments. Seated on her classroom floor, Ms. Schraer responds individually, on camera, to students' questions about their work.

MS Math teacher, Mona Schraer instructs a student using Desmos.

After explaining the interactive online "Artventure" slideshow that students are using to watch tutorials and create paintings, drawings, and more, Middle School Art teacher Rebecca Jardin discusses the design phase of the "Chair Project," that 8th graders are busy preparing at home.  

Ms. Jardin, MS Art teacher, shows the collaborative "pre-project" 8th graders finished before the closure, which gives them more insights to design their own chairs for "Chair Project".

High School

Mr. Mellon, High School Physics teacher, literally takes to the floor, as he makes videos for students to use in software that allows them to analyze a projectile launching device and determine its efficiency accurately. 

One of the multiple videos that Mr. Mellon created for his students this week.

During Robotics and Engineering class, teacher Evan Weinberg used Google Meet as he shows students a Metro board. At the same time, students familiarize themselves with the simulator that will allow them to test their programming ideas online, without needing the physical board. 

Students in Mr. Weinberg's Robotics and Engineering class got their first glimpse of a Metro board on Google Meet.

And lastly, this is certainly not a slow time of year for the High School University Guidance office. Full-time University Guidance counselors, Kelly Braun and Jemison Foster are busy with Spring acceptances, 2020-2021 course selections and more.  

University Guidance counselor, Ms. Braun carefully reviews a student's course selection.

Phew - needless to say, it's been a busy week at SSIS! We can't wait to see what other creative solutions our teachers come up with next week!


Author: Tanya Olander
Communications Officer


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