Areas of Impact
Sample Distance Learning Schedule: High School
The High School schedule is somewhat simple, for older, more responsible students managing more of their work using Google classroom. This document emphasizes instructor office hours (a term deliberately chosen to mirror the practice they’ll encounter in college) and contact information -- many instructors opt for a fairly “open door” policy for students, while others manage meetings throughout the week.
There are about as many ways of doing distance learning as there are schools, and all are evolving week by week as educators learn more about what engages students and what is reasonable to ask of children and families sheltering in place. At Gateway, we remain firmly committed to keeping all mandatory instruction asynchronous while providing as many optional opportunities for students to connect “live” with peers and staff as possible. We believe this is the best possible balance between the most equitable instruction we can provide, given that most students are sharing limited technology and internet access with their families, and the social interaction adolescents really do need to thrive.
All of which isn’t to say that the asynchronous model isn’t without its challenges. It requires students to be largely responsible for their own learning during the day, which in turn entails an incredible amount of planning on the part of teachers. Students need a lot of support not just in mastering content, but in recreating some of the structures of the school day that are crucial for many students to thrive.
This high school distance learning schedule is a snapshot of what asynchronous distance learning can look like.
These are very much living documents that are constantly being refined -- some students, for example, find the week-at-a-glance format overwhelming, in which case staff are differentiating by breaking the week down into daily schedules they review each morning with the student. Adapt as needed.