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    A Message About Online Learning from Principal Talbot
    Posted on 03/31/2020
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    A Message About Online Learning from Principal Talbot

    Dear Families,

    Wow! What a time we’re living in!

    We got news on last Thursday that we would be moving to online learning this week and that teachers were to instruct students, not just check in with them and provide enrichment resources. That’s a big change from what we were doing before, so our staff spent the weekend learning how to use the online platforms of Schoology and Teams, along with the many other new programs they’ve been using, and are beginning the difficult work of providing lessons and online instruction.

    This is an entirely new way to teach. They have little training, and they’re eager to do great work for students. Our teachers are sometimes perfectionists and want to know how to do something really, really well before they involve actual students; this timeline and process does not give them any chance to do that. We will probably be bad at this for a while. Please give us the grace we need to learn and grow and get better.

    With that, please give yourselves and your families some grace as well. We are not planning for or expecting your children to do 7.5 hours of learning each day at home. In fact, we see the following timelines as relevant and useful:

    • K-1 students: approximately 1-1.5 hours/day, 5-7.5 hours/week
    • 2-3 students: approximately 1-2 hours/day, 5-10 hours/week
    • 4-5 students: approximately 2-3 hours/day, 10-15 hours/week

    Teachers will be posting lessons at least twice a week, and you can expect your teacher to provide materials for about this much learning time. If there’s more to do than your child can get done in a reasonable amount of time, let the teacher know and don’t stress about it. They may put up extra resources for students who tend to run out. If your child runs out, let the teacher know. Like I said - we're new at this. Feedback (especially gentle feedback) is appreciated.

    If your child has an IEP, please look forward to contact from your special education teacher as well as general education teacher. We are trying to reach everyone, so if we haven’t connected with your family, please let me know so I can get correct contact information to your teacher.

    I hope you and your family are healthy and well. If you have any needs, like food or shelter, please reach out and let us know. You could contact your teacher, me, Mr. Zillig, our Social Worker Tracey Thompson, or our Family Support Worker Youka Hem. I’ll include their emails below.

    Tell the students I said hi, and that I miss seeing their faces and watching them learn every day.

    Sincerely,

    Sarah Talbot

    Contacts

    Youka Hem – yohem@seattleschools.org
    Andy Zillig – awzillig@seattleschools.org
    Tracey Thompson – tlthompson@seattleschools.org
    Sarah Talbot – smtalbot@seattleschools.org