Michelle Chaplin, Head of Junior School
Literacy has been a focus for the Junior School in Term 1, 2020 - especially reading for understanding and purpose. Our students are seeing the benefits of being active readers across all subjects and particularly now in an online situation they are learning how important is the ability to use skills across all areas and to communicate in various forms.
In the Lower Junior School we have increased our regularity of PM benchmarking and reading assessment and seen our students respond to their own desire to do better. The Upper Junior School is monitoring reading at home and at school to emphasise the importance of reading regularly and diversely.
Our online learning continues this emphasis whilst we also ride the rollercoaster of new learnings as we navigate online learning!
In moving to our online “Continuity of Learning” program there is without a doubt much to celebrate - from teachers to administration staff to parents and students we are all learning new skills.
Our teachers are incredible, as you have no doubt witnessed - here’s what some of them have to say so far this week….
- I am loving the online teaching and it seems the girls are too - but I do miss moving around. My derriere is numb. I have to push the girls outside too, otherwise they just get stuck staring at their screen.
- It reminds us (as teachers) of what it feels like to be a learner - which is always a good thing.
- It is accelerating our technological abilities, we are self-learning as we prepare for this online style of learning - A type of timely PD.
- Reflecting on how we instruct for online learning adds great insight into how we can better prepare for face to face learning.
- Our learners have a more self-controlled processing time allowing them to generate more specific questions, more so than our usual time-guided lessons.
- Some of the videos we have received have been great fun to watch and some of the children have shown great diligence and independence.
- I am impressed at how dedicated they are to their tasks. This might be early enthusiasm, but they are tearing through the work and the quality is high.
- It’s amazing what you can do and achieve when you have to.
- Teamwork and supporting each other are vital.
- Seesaw is amazing. I am not sure what we would do without it. I am sure there are other platforms, but the fact we use day to day has meant transition into eLearning has been seamless for almost every student.
- It’s fun!
And finally a Friday singalong thanks to Mr Jeremy!!
AISM is a living example of the best in education - our teamwork, creativity and passion for learning can cross all frontiers - on or off campus - we explore, extend and excel!