The goal is for teaching and learning to continue during a forced school closure.
- Basic Terminology for Remote Learning
- Three Phases of Remote Learning Plan
- Schedule Notes (Beginning 3/30)
- Student Expectations
- Technology Resources
- Upper School Resources
- Remote learning: The continuation of MA’s academic program when campus is closed and students are working from home.
- Synchronous learning: Students have a common, real-time learning experience, e.g., a live class discussion using a video conferencing interface such as Google Meet.
- Asynchronous learning: Students learn the same material at different times, e.g., a demonstration video recorded and shared by a teacher, or a guided learning packet distributed by the teacher.
- Phase 1 - Preparation for Remote Learning (March 23-24)
Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24 Today and tomorrow, our teachers are engaged in development and preparation for the implementation of our Remote Learning Plan.
- Phase 2 - Asynchronous Phase (March 25-27)
Wednesday, March 25 - Friday, March, 27, faculty will place assignments in class Portals by 8:30 AM on Wednesday morning so the first three days of our remote learning plan will be dedicated to asynchronous, static assignments. Asynchronous, in education, refers to times when the faculty and students are not connected in real-time. The faculty may have text assignments, educational links from online resources, video recordings of subject content, etc. loaded on the Portal to provide a seamless and familiar method to ease back into learning. In effect, the Faculty will treat these initial few days as if a student would be absent from class for three days and the faculty was providing materials and resources that would keep the student current.
- Phase 3 - Synchronous + Asynchronous Phase (March 30-until campus re-opens)
Beginning Monday, March 30, we will follow the below schedule that provides a dynamic remote learning landscape and experience for our students. This learning ecosystem will be built with a combination of both synchronous and asynchronous learning. For synchronous meetings (where students and faculty are connected in real-time), we will be using video conferencing capabilities offered through Google Meets. Faculty will be providing real-time support and guidance to students on the content provided asynchronously earlier on the Portal while gathering in live sessions with peers and faculty. It is important to note these synchronous sessions will be dedicated to supporting, guiding and fine-tuning the content students have first approached at their own pace earlier. This model, tried and true, is called the “forward learning model” as students familiarize themselves with the content at their own pace first, then enjoy aggregating, connecting dots and thinking critically with peers and teachers in synchronous sessions. No endless droning on a mind-numbing 55-minute video session (yawn!) for our bright and curious MA learners! We will begin this schedule on Monday, 3/30.
Schedule for Phase 3 (Synchronous + Asynchronous Phase (March 30 - until campus reopens) Click here for PDF
Schedule Notes (Beginning 3/30):
- The numbers in each block refer to the assigned period for the student (as on an A day). “Classes,” in real time, will “meet” twice a week.
- Advisory meets three times a week and will be very important for us to keep our connections.
- Faculty will take attendance and “virtually” check in with each of their advisees.
- Coach class will be periods where faculty are available for their students in “real time.”
- Faculty planning periods are used for updating the portal with material for the next cycle of synchronous support. We want to encourage movement and physical activity as our commitment to our community wellness during this time is as strong as ever. So, we have a break in the middle of the day for lunch, movement, physical activity. This would, ideally, be “no screen-time.”
- Student peer collaboration blocks are times set aside for our students to connect and support learning for each other. Imagine an online version of the study groups we might have had in college.
- Student asynchronous work times will be periods for dedicated and focused work on the assignments and content faculty have on the Portal or through Google Classroom. This is the content and material that will be discussed in the synchronous, real time, sessions students share with their faculty and classmates.
- Attendance at all synchronous sessions and advisory is mandatory. If a student is falling behind, coach class may also be assigned. If assigned, that coach class will be mandatory.
- Students are expected to check their MA email accounts regularly throughout each day.
- Dress will be MA uniform or MA spirit wear. Students are also responsible for providing both an atmosphere and attitude conducive to learning.
- If a student misses any assigned period, or begins to fall behind, we will reach out to parents immediately.
- A student does not have to be online during their study halls or free periods.
- Consideration to peers and faculty, in order to have a constructive class climate, will follow the same expectations we have for the traditional classroom.
- Faculty are available, and will be responsive, as if school were in session normally. While likely a response to an email will be timely, an email could be sent when a faculty member is unavailable, in a meeting or teaching a synchronous class. In any case, we will follow our 24 hour expectation for replies to emails.
- The Montgomery Academy Honor Code will still be in effect. Shifting to a remote learning format will require all students to deepen their commitment to completing assessments in a manner that supports the maintenance of our school honor code.
- After tomorrow's time for resource and book pick-ups, students should not be on the campus until further notice.
- Students will continue to consult teacher portal pages for class information. In some classes, students may also be directed to Google Classroom for specific assignment information and for submitting assignments.
- Students will use Google Meet for synchronous meetings. Students will receive linked invitations to Google Meet sessions from their teachers through their email or through links posted on teacher portal pages.
- Neither Google Classroom nor Google Meet require additional accounts or passwords. Students already have access through their existing Google log-ins.
- For Urgent Technical Support - Technical problems that are preventing you from starting a Google Meet session or conducting a live remote learning session - Call (334) 272-7210 and leave a message with your callback number. We will call back as soon as possible.
- For General Technical Support - Email email@example.com