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Blended and Remote Learning at DWS

Learn more on how we are supplementing in-person learning with blended & remote learning at The Denver Waldorf School.

 


Blended Learning

Blended learning is used to describe a combination of in-person and remote learning. While blended learning may describe times when we are unable to have all students on campus concurrently, in this context we are using the term to describe circumstances when some students are learning from home due to health and safety concerns while others are at school.  While DWS encourages children to be in a social environment when possible, we recognize that there will be times when students need to be home for short periods of self-isolation or quarantine or for the longer periods due to ongoing health concerns of students or families.  Teachers will offer the following remote learning opportunities and will be in touch with individual families during the first week of September for students in our Blended Learning program.

Remote Learning

When cohorts or sections of the school are unable to be in school based on outbreak guidance, local regulations or more than 20% of DWS faculty and staff unable to be on campus, students will be engaged in distance learning.  This may range from short periods of distance learning for individual cohorts to longer periods of distance learning across the entire school depending on circumstances.


Early Childhood (ECE)

Blended Learning

When a child in the early childhood program is unable to attend class due to health or safety concerns, the following offerings will be available to families:

  • Seasonal craft supplies and instructions
  • Recorded seasonal circle times and games by child’s teacher
  • Recorded stories by child’s teacher
  • Weekly Zoom or FaceTime visit with teacher for finger games, stories, etc.
  • Card and wishes sent through the mail from teachers and classmates
  • Online resources for craft and movement activities

Remote Learning

When early childhood classes need to shift to being at home, we strive to balance the developmental needs of children at this age for play, hands-on work, in-person connection, and a rhythmic home life with the children’s need for continuity and connection to their teachers and school activities.

When classes are expected to be home for more than three days, the following distance learning curriculum will be offered:

  • Monday through Thursday live Zoom sessions with the lead teacher
    • Monday and Wednesday: Movement circle 
    • Tuesday: Bread making with a story
    • Thursday: Painting with a story (supplies for painting will be sent home)
  • Lead teacher office hours on Friday mornings. Parents can sign their children up for 15 minute Zoom or FaceTime sessions.
  • Lead assistants will offer online quiet time/story time 3 times per week to the children.

Seasonal craft supplies will be provided (supplies for the harvest crowns, lanterns, etc.) and instructions will be provided to parents for working on these projects with their children.


Grades 1-8

Blended Learning

During times when school is in-person, we will provide our curriculum to the fullest extent possible for students who are needing to learn from home for health or safety reasons.  In grades 1-8, this includes lessons recorded during the school day as well as regularly scheduled small-group meetings of the remote cohort with the class teacher via Zoom.  

Recorded Lessons: Throughout the school day, lessons will be recorded by teachers to the extent feasible.  Main lesson and academic content is prioritized, while other class periods and subject classes will be recorded and shared where possible.  Recorded Lessons will be shared via Google Classroom each evening for students to watch the following day.

Assignments:  Assignments will be shared and turned in through Google Classroom.  Pickup and drop off of supplies and assignments will be arranged as needed.

Regular check-ins:  Students learning remotely will have small-group check-ins with their class teachers regularly, and these may be scheduled within the school day or after school, depending on teacher schedules. 

Remote Learning

Our remote program will closely align with our in-school options so that it is easy for parents and students to follow the rhythm of the school day. This year DWS will be utilizing a combination of Zoom, Google Classroom and the Google Suite for more streamlined use of online tools. Accountability of students online is expected and attendance and uploading of assignments will be easier for students and parents to navigate.

For short-term distance learning: Individual cohorts in remote learning for 1-14 days

  • Daily schedule will follow the in-school daily schedule with full-length class periods
  • Class periods may include a combination of live lessons, small-group work, projects, independent practice work, independent reading time, and other assigned off-screen work
  • Teachers will be readily available to students during scheduled teaching periods, including times when off-screen projects, small group work,  or independent work is assigned
  • Cohorted teachers will collaborate to ensure a breathing rhythm and balance of on-screen and off-screen learning, movement and bookwork, academics and artistic work across the daily and weekly schedule
  • Attendance and active engagement in classes and activities are essential to learning at all levels

Extended Distance Learning: Entire grade school needing to learn from home for more one or more blocks

  • Modified daily schedule will allow alignment between lower and upper grade schedules to create a consistent rhythm of the day for families
  • Structured content will be provided throughout the scheduled school day, although this may look different in the lower grades than in the upper grades
  • Class periods will be defined as off-screen periods or live class periods and these will be consistent within the weekly schedule
  • Teachers will be readily available to students during scheduled teaching periods, including scheduled off-screen periods when projects, small group work, or independent work is assigned

Highschool

Blended Learning

During times when school is in-person, we will provide our curriculum to the fullest extent possible for students who are learning from home for health or safety reasons.  In grades 9-12 this includes live lessons for main lesson, track, and art classes to the fullest of our ability.

Class resources and materials: Zoom links, recordings, and class resources will be shared in Google Classroom.  Pickup and drop off of supplies and assignments will be arranged as needed.

Assignments:  Assignments will be shared, turned in, corrected, and graded through Google Classroom.

Regular check-ins:  Students learning remotely will have regularly scheduled check-ins with their block teachers.

Remote Learning

  • Daily schedule will follow the in-school daily schedule with full-length class periods.
  • Class periods may include a combination of live lessons, small-group work, projects, independent practice work or reading time, and other assigned off-screen work. 
  • Teachers will be teaching live or will be readily available to students during scheduled teaching periods when off-screen projects, small group work, or independent work is assigned
  • Block teachers will collaborate to ensure a breathing rhythm and balance of on-screen and off-screen learning, movement and bookwork, academics and artistic work across the daily and weekly schedule
  • Students will be graded on attendance, class engagement, and proficiency in content

Remote Learning Resources


Downloads

For students engaging in remote learning, we ask that you review the following:

Tech Support

We conduct remote learning via Google Classroom. Need a hand with the platform? Please reach out to Dan Pendergrast, DWS Staff & Family IT Support, via email:

dan.prendergast@denverwaldorf.org

Mental Health Resources

DWS Counselor Jennifer Thompson, MA, LPC is available to families in need of support services. Reach out to her via email:

jenniferthompson@denverwaldorf.org.