What is Blended Learning?
As you all know, EAB will begin its move to blended learning, with our youngest students (K3/ K4) starting on Monday 5 October. All of our other grades will follow this, in a slow staggered format. The start dates for Blended Learning are highlighted below:
What exactly is blended learning?
Blended learning is an approach to learning that combines both on campus face-to face learning with the at-home distance learning that we have all become accustomed to since March. Restricting the numbers of students on campus at any one time, along with mask wearing and physical distancing, are part of the health and safety measures that we are putting in place to mitigate risk.
At EAB, students can attend school for 4 days on their designated week. Lower School students will attend school on the campus from Monday--Thursday with all students participating in Fantastic Friday via distance on Fridays. Middle School and High School students who are on campus will be there from Monday–Thursday with Friday being a Zoom-Out Day. During the designated Distance Learning weeks, all students will remain at home and participate in distance learning.
One of the best elements of this approach is that the learning will remain the same each week, regardless of whether the students are being taught face-to-face or via distance. Teachers will be using the same standards, assignments, and assessments; the change will be in the mode of delivery.
Do my children have to participate in face-to-face learning at school?
No, all EAB families will have the choice as to whether they send their child/ren to campus or not. For those who choose not to participate in the on-campus learning program, your child/ren will be able to link into the actual classroom program for various parts of the lesson and the day. Through Zoom, students will be able to link into the session that the teacher is teaching at school. We have invested in some sophisticated technology (high quality cameras and microphones) so that students at home can see the teacher, the whiteboard and even listen to and participate in discussions. These students will complete the same assignments and assessments as students who are at school.
Thank you, as always, for your support. Take care and stay safe.
Interim Head of School
Como todos sabem, a EAB iniciará sua transição para o ensino híbrido, com nossos alunos mais jovens (K3 / K4) a partir de segunda-feira, 5 de outubro. Todas as nossas outras séries irão passar por isso, em um formato escalonado lento. As datas de início do nosso Programa de Ensino Híbrido estão destacadas abaixo:
O que exatamente é o ensino híbrido?
O ensino híbrido é uma abordagem de aprendizado que combina o ensino presencial no campus com o ensino à distância em casa, ao qual todos nós nos acostumamos desde março. Restringir o número de alunos no campus a qualquer momento, juntamente com o uso de máscaras e o distanciamento físico, fazem parte das medidas de saúde e segurança que estamos implementando para reduzir o risco.
Na EAB, os alunos podem frequentar a escola por 4 dias na semana que foi designada. Os alunos do Lower School irão frequentar a escola, no campus, de segunda a quinta-feira, com todos os alunos participando da sexta-feira fantástica à distância, nas sextas-feiras. Os alunos do Middle e High School que estão no campus estarão lá de segunda a quinta-feira, sendo que a sexta-feira será um dia de afastamento. Durante as semanas designadas de Ensino à Distância, todos os alunos permanecerão em casa e participarão do ensino à distância.
Um dos melhores elementos dessa abordagem é que o aprendizado permanecerá o mesmo a cada semana, independentemente de os alunos estarem sendo ensinados presencialmente ou à distância. Os professores usarão os mesmos padrões, atribuições e avaliações; a mudança será no modo de entrega.
Meus filhos têm que participar do ensino presencial na escola?
Não, todas as famílias da EAB terão a escolha de enviar seus filhos para o campus ou não. Para aqueles que optarem por não participar do programa de aprendizagem no campus, basta se conectar ao programa que acontece em sala, para várias partes da aula e do dia. Por meio do Zoom, os alunos poderão acessar a sessão que o professor está ensinando na escola. Investimos em algumas tecnologias sofisticadas (câmeras e microfones de alta qualidade) para que os alunos em casa possam ver o professor, o quadro branco e até ouvir e participar das discussões. Esses alunos farão as mesmas tarefas e avaliações que os alunos que estão na escola.
Obrigada, como sempre, pelo seu apoio. Cuide-se e fique em segurança.
Diretora Interina da Escola
- Blended Learning: Extra Communication #3 - October 26th, 2020
- Blended Learning: Extra Communication #2 - October 21st, 2020
- EAB Reunites! Update + FAQ - October 9th, 2020
- Blended Learning: Extra Communication #1 - October 5th, 2020
- Blended Learning: Next Steps - September 25th, 2020
- What is Blended Learning? - September 18th, 2020
Blended Learning Webinar
Our Leadership Team discusses the path to Blended Learning.
Lesley Tait - Interim Head of School
Annette Windmeisser - Board President
EAB Leadership Team
Guidelines for Parents
Your child may have a regular place for doing homework under normal circumstances, but this space may or may not be suitable for an extended period of time, as will be the case if this DLP is implemented. We encourage families to establish a space/location where their children will learn most of the time. This should be a public/family space, not in a child’s bedroom. It should be a place that can be quiet at times and have a strong wireless internet signal, if possible. Above all, it should be a space where parents are present and monitoring their children’s learning when feasible.
From the first day EAB implements its DLP, parents need to establish routines and expectations. EAB encourages parents to set regular hours for their children’s school work. We suggest students begin their studies at 9:00am. Keep normal bedtime routines for younger children and expect the same from your MS- and HS-aged children, too. Your children should move regularly and take periodic breaks as they study. It is important that parents set these expectations for how their children will spend their days starting as soon as distance learning is implemented, not several days later after it becomes apparent a child is struggling with the absence of routine.
Teachers will communicate with parents through email, when and as necessary. The frequency and detail of these communications will be determined by your children’s ages, maturity, and their degree of independence. EAB wants parents to contact their children’s teachers. However, we ask parents to remember that teachers will be communicating with dozens of other families, if not 100+, and that communications should be essential, succinct, and self-aware. We also encourage parents to have their children explain the technology systems (e.g. Seesaw, Google GSuite) teachers are using.
Parents are encouraged to start and finish each day with a simple check-in. In the morning, ask what is your child learning today? What are their learning targets or goals? How will they spend their time? What resources do they require? What support do they need? This brief grounding conversation matters. It allows children to process the instructions they’ve received from their teachers. It helps them organize themselves and set priorities. Older students may not want to have these check-ins with parents, but they should nevertheless. Parents should establish these check-ins as regular parts of each day. Not all students thrive in a distance learning environment; some struggle with too much independence or lack of structure. These check-in routines need to be established early, before students fall behind or begin to struggle.
In the course of a regular school day at EAB, your son or daughter engages with other students or adults dozens if not hundreds of times. These social interactions and opportunities for mediation include turning to a peer to exchange a thought or idea, participating in small or large group discussions, asking questions for clarification, collaborating on group projects, and countless other moments. While some of these social interactions will be re-created on virtual platforms, others will not. Human beings learn best when they have opportunities to process their learning with others. Beyond the check-ins recommended at the start and end of each day, parents should regularly circle back and engage with their children about what they’re learning. However, it’s important that your child own their work; don’t complete assignments for them, even when they are struggling.
A challenge for families with multiple children will be how to manage all of their children’s needs, especially when those children are different ages and have different needs. There may be times when siblings need to work in different rooms to avoid distraction. Parents may even experiment with noise-cancelling headphones to block out distractions.
Make sure your children remember to move and exercise. This is vitally important to their health, wellbeing, and to their learning. EAB's physical education teachers will recommend activities or exercises, but it is important for parents to model and encourage exercise. Think also about how your children can pitch in more around the house with chores or other responsibilities. Don’t let your children off the hook – expect them to pitch in.
EAB will only implement this DLP if a serious emergency has occurred. Should this happen, it is imperative for parents to help their children manage the worry, anxiety, and range of emotions they may experience. Difficult though it may be, do your best not to transfer your stress or worry to your children. They will be out of sorts, whether they admit it or not, and need as much normal routine as parents can provide.
EAB does not want its students staring at computer screens for 7-8 hours a day. We ask that parents remember most teachers are not experts in distance learning and that it will require some trial-and-error before we find the right balance between online and offline learning experiences. Division Heads or teachers will periodically check in with you to assess what you’re seeing at home and what we need to adjust. We thank you in advance for your patience and partnership!
There’s always excitement when school closes. If EAB implements this DLP, the initial excitement of school being closed will fade quickly when students start missing their friends, classmates, and teachers. Help your children maintain contact with friends when circumstances permit. Please also monitor your children’s social media use, especially during an extended school closure. Older students will rely more on social media to communicate with friends. Social media apps such as SnapChat, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Facebook are ?not? official, school-sanctioned channels of communication. EAB asks parents to monitor their children’s use of social media. Remind your children to be polite, respectful, and appropriate in their communications and to represent your family’s values in their interactions with others. A student’s written words and tone can sometimes offend or cause harm to others.
Alert and Notification Procedures:
The mechanisms utilized to communicate emergency information among faculty, staff, students, and visitors will incorporate a variety of communication channels. The sharing of information in the event of a school closure currently proceeds as follows:
from the Head of School to all community members including start date plan.
WhatsApp Broadcast Group
WhatsApp to all EAB members registered. How to register
Notice on the school website and divisional newsletters