Junior Kindergarten Online – Journal – Day 4

C's morning went well: woke up well-rested, enjoyed a couple of episodes of Paw Patrol, ate frozen fruit for breakfast, dressed himself, and then chose to make a new name card for attendance.  Today's card featured his drawing of his newest "Bumblebee" figure, and his name with all the letters in a row, in the … Continue reading Junior Kindergarten Online – Journal – Day 4

Junior Kindergarten Online – Journal – Day One

Today is Day One for me as a "personal teaching assistant" to my four-year-old grandson, C.  He's in Junior Kindergarten, and his class has been fully online for a week.  However, C wasn't able to participate without the assistance of both his parents.  And since they are working full time:  Mom as a synchronous secondary … Continue reading Junior Kindergarten Online – Journal – Day One

Preparing our New Teachers

It's mid-December, and I know that the Teacher Candidates who began our pre-service program imagined a very different reality than we know today. They were promised a program of teacher-preparation, with placements with Associate Teachers which would prepare them to enter classrooms upon graduation. Instead, they've had to pivot their university courses from face-to-face, to … Continue reading Preparing our New Teachers

School Online – Journal – Days 35 to 41

In my last post I wrote about "gradual release of responsibility", and now it applies to me. Last week was mark reporting, and so we were busy supporting teachers to enter marks, and ensuring that report cards were distributed via email to our students. Among our teachers are some with years of experience, alongside those … Continue reading School Online – Journal – Days 35 to 41