We at Williamsburg Northside School hope that you and your loved ones are heathy and following CDC, state, and local guidelines in this time of unprecedented change.
After school closed in mid-March and the New York City Department of Education announced school closings until at least April 20, our teachers used their spring breaks to learn to create remote classrooms using zoom meetings, Google classroom, docs, spreadsheets, and more.
On Monday, March 30th we kicked off Northside Remote Learning. Much like the first week of the school year, our goal for last week was to build routines and community through zoom opening and closing meetings, become familiar with the digital classroom sites and apps we are using, and to be aware of what was working and what wasn’t in this new environment.
We had some big wins in the first days of Northside Remote Learning. Here are a few examples:
- PreSchool Group Art Lessons: Our PreSchool art teacher hosted a zoom art project with over 70 of our students.
- Pre-Kindergarten Zoom Morning Meeting: Narwhals PK teachers created a Morning Zoom board to share while their schedule and welcome message.
- Third grade Money Math: Our third grade teachers created videos lessons about money and writing that students were able to watch and then complete corresponding assignments.
- 4th Grade Symmetry: Students were challenged to create symmetrical patterns with items around their home and submit photos of their work.
- Creating Science Nature Journals that can include sketches of animals and insects, pressed flowers, notes copied from a book, nature-inspired poetry, photographs, or your idea.
- Virtual Field Trips to Ellis Island: Third graders traveled to Ellis Island on a virtual field trip.
- Our Middle Schoolers kicked off their remote learning with zoom advisory check-ins and got right back to work. Seventh Grade Math classes worked with instructional videos on Screencast-O-Matic covering complementary, supplementary and adjacent angles. Sixth grade social studies students used Junior Scholastic to practice their map skills and discuss the Mayans.
And this is just the start. As the week came to an end, teachers and administrators reflected on how last week went based upon teacher perception and student and parent feedback. This week, we’ll be adding more video lessons across the lower school so students have specific instruction from their teachers via videos. We’ll also add more time for zoom instruction in some classes. Lastly, teachers are creating ways to accept work from our youngest students.
We’re grateful for our parents’ support and we look forward to continuing to improve the learning experiences of our students.