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Distance Learning

 
 

 

Distance Learning at

Notre Dame Academy Elementary School

 

Our Approach

Notre Dame Academy Elementary is committed to continuing high-quality education for our students during this time of distance learning.  Our approach is rooted in our Mission, our Root Beliefs, research on best practices from the field of education and from our friends and colleagues in schools that have previously experienced distance learning (from schools in the Midwest who use distance learning during snow days to schools in Asia and Europe who were out ahead of us in distance learning).  We also believe in and explicitly teach the Habits of Mind and Growth Mindset. Flexibility, creativity, and innovation are key to our school culture and continue to be central to our approach.  


What does distance learning at NDAE look like?

Our central communication platform is Google Classroom.  Every morning, teachers send out the messages, lessons, instructions, and assignments for the day to their students.  We believe in partnering with our parents and in responsive education. Therefore, our approach is designed to be flexible for the needs of our students and families, while structured to support our students.  The majority of our direct instruction is crafted by the teachers and delivered through video to the students. The assigned tasks are “due” 24 hours later to give students time to complete tasks at a time that works best for them and their families and to accommodate for glitches in technology.  


Transitional Kindergarten- First Grade

Content

Teacher Connections

Format

Daily:

  • Morning meetings
  • Phonics and Reading lessons
  • Writing
  • Math

Several times a week:

  • Religion
  • Social Studies
  • Science

Teachers are holding Zoom sessions 2-4 times/week to connect with students and to foster their connections with each other.  These sessions have included:

  • Share Day
  • Show and Tell
  • Response to a question

Teachers have also held Zoom sessions with parents to answer questions and continue to build community and partnership with our NDAE families.

Lessons are posted daily on Google Classroom.


Teacher-made direct instruction videos include:

  • Reading to the students
  • Walking students through assignments
  • Singing songs together
  • Designing small-group lessons to differentiate instruction



Second Grade - Fourth Grade

Content

Teacher Connections

Format

Daily:

  • Reading skills and analysis
  • Writing
  • Math

Several times a week:

  • Religion
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Vocabulary

Teachers are holding Zoom sessions 2-4 times/week to connect with students and to foster their connections with each other.  These sessions have included:

  • Reading and annotating a novel together
  • Community time
  • Sharing and show-and-tell
  • Questions and student support

Lessons are posted daily on Google Classroom.


Teacher-made direct instruction videos include:

  • Guided math lessons
  • Reading skills and analysis
  • Vocabulary and grammar 
  • Social studies instruction

Teacher-selected videos to enhance:

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts


Middle School (5th-8th grade)

Content

Teacher/Student Connections

Format

Students are receiving instruction and assignments daily in all core classes:

  • Religion
  • Math
  • ELA
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Innovation lab

Middle School elective classes are happening once/week on Google Classroom.

Teachers hold daily office hours to meet with students on Zoom.  This happens:

  • During the class time in the Middle School eLearning schedule
  • Again at the end of the eLearning schedule to address any issues that came up during the day

Teachers are also designing opportunities for group collaboration in their lessons, projects, and tasks.

Google Classroom

  • Daily direct instruction from the teacher
  • Assignments and projects

Collaboration and connections are happening through:

  • Zoom meetings
  • Kahoot
  • YoTeach
  • Collaborative projects using the Google Suite of tools
  • Sharing videos of student work, thinking, and creativity


Specialty Classes and Enrichment

In addition to the core classes, the dedicated and talented Notre Dame Academy Elementary Specialty Faculty is working to build a library of resources, lessons, inspiration, and creativity, just for our NDAE family.  

 

These lessons are not required but are highly recommended.  We know that children need time for play, exploration, creativity, and “think time” as they grow.  These experiences develop critical thinking, impulse control, perseverance, and emotional intelligence.  They also bring joy, beauty, and wonder to our lives.  

 

The students can do these activities themselves, or the whole family can join in the fun!  These resources include:

  • Art 
  • Music
  • STEM
  • Technology
  • PE
  • Innovation Lab
  • Gardening/Cooking