MAC Remote Learning Guidelines
Remote Learning Overview (Grades 1 – 6)
Students in Grades 1 to Grade 6 continue with subject specific lessons and will engage in both a synchronistic and asynchronistic learning framework as a balanced approach to their remote learning.
Flexibility is provided for students to personalize the Remote Learning Plan to suit their learning needs. Teachers provide specific guidance as to the amount of time activities/assignments might require as well as the level of parent involvement. MPAC continues to be the communication hub regarding curriculum, weekly updates and lessons. Teachers provide customized schedules and lessons weekly to ensure all curriculum requirements are covered. Student lessons and learning experiences are designed to be completed independently or in collaboration with other students depending on the subject or assignment.
Teachers provide group learning opportunities as well as 1:1 student/teacher engagements and office hours where students can contact teachers if they have specific questions. Please note that mental, emotional and physical health are also our priorities. We encourage students to seek out social interactions with their peers, even if this needs to be in a remote way.
Primary Remote Learning Weekly Overview (Grades 1-3)
Junior Remote Learning Weekly Overview (Grades 4-6)
Homeroom and subject specific teachers will be using the following online vehicles as part of the Remote Learning platform:
|MPAC||Weekly learning schedules, Topic overviews, subject specific lessons|
(all resources and additional sources provided. Some of these may include video links, downloadable materials, etc.)
|Microsoft TEAMS||Daily Group Sharing time, whole and small group meetings, 1:1 video or audio calls for meetings and check-ins, assignment submission.|
PYP specialist teachers (Innovation, French, Music, PSPE, Art) provide activities and live lessons posted on the weekly schedule and have daily office hours available for students and parents to contact them with any questions. Office hours refer to dedicated blocks of time where the teachers are not teaching another class or in a scheduled meeting with colleagues, parents or other students. Instead, they have set aside time to be available to answer questions, video chat or voice call with students, assist with uploading assignments, clarify instructions, etc. You can expect a response during this time from the teacher you are contacting (unless they are already helping another student). You are still welcome to send a message through TEAMS or an email to a teacher at other points throughout the day, but the teacher may not be able to answer you right away.
Student Roles and Responsibilities (Grades 1 – 6)
Establish daily routines for engaging in the learning experiences (follow daily class schedule provided on MPAC).
Identify a comfortable, quiet space in your home where you can work effectively and successfully with minimal distraction.
Ensure you have the appropriate learning tools available (i.e. pencils, rulers, colouring tools, headphones, workbooks, paper, calculator).
Regularly monitor MPAC and TEAMS to check for learning tasks and feedback from your teacher.
Attend the synchronous lessons as much as possible. Be sure to review video recordings of any you missed.
Continue to be a risktaker and utilize a growth mindset when faced with new challenges in the remote learning format.
Be a principled learner using the traits of the IB Learner Profile.
Submit all assignments by the due dates given by your teacher.
Adhere to MacLachlan’s Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy.
Complete assignments with integrity and academic honesty, doing your best learning.
Communicate proactively with your teachers if you require additional support and self-advocate when you do not understand something.
Collaborate and support your peers in any assigned group activities/learning.
Try to incorporate balance into your daily routines. In addition to academics, be sure to take care of your physical and emotional wellbeing. Eat healthy, practice mindfulness and relieve feelings of anxiousness by getting fresh air and exercise. It’s okay to take a “brain break”.
Parent Roles and Responsibilities (Grades 1 – 6)
Create a learning environment for your child with easy access to the tools that they will need for their day with age appropriate supervision.
Establish routines and expectations.
Ask your child questions about lessons and assignments and monitor communications from your child’s teachers.
Support attendance of synchronous opportunities as much as possible.
Take an active role in helping your child process their learning through a guidance approach.
Establish times for quiet and reflection and provide time for your child to have ownership over their own use of time and activity.
Create opportunities for your child to interact with peers to maintain connections with their school community.
Encourage physical activity and/or exercise.
Remain mindful of your child’s stress or worry.
Monitor how much time your child is spending online.
Provide feedback to your child’s teacher(s) regarding questions or concerns).