Parents give Hamilton school board mixed marks on home learning

News May 29, 2020 by Richard Leitner hamiltonnews.com

A Hamilton public school board survey suggests parents are frustrated by the lack of a standard approach to home learning during the coronavirus pandemic, but divided on whether teachers should offer more live online lessons.

While some of the 4,009 respondents to the May online survey indicated they wanted face-to-face instruction periodically or every day, others preferred prerecorded lessons their children could watch on their own time.

Parents generally praised teachers for prompt feedback, flexible schedules, frequent communication, advance notice on weekly lesson plans, a variety of learning tasks and positive messaging to students.

But they also highlighted several challenges, such as the use of different learning platforms by different teachers, assignments being too difficult for students to do on their own, and heavy workloads requiring too much screen time.

Parents also continued to prefer their kids be taught in a real classroom, including for social connections, with many indicating their children feel stressed, frustrated, guilty and sometimes overwhelmed by home learning.

Education director Manny Figueiredo said he believes the survey stresses the need for more live instruction, a standard teaching platform, and more structure in the virtual school day.

He said although the board does have a standard digital lesson platform, known as The Hub, teachers used a variety of other tools like Zoom, Google and Microsoft Teams as they scrambled to provide online learning.

Many teachers also needed training, he said, and the board is working on creating a standard virtual classroom for September regardless of whether schools reopen.

Figueiredo said a confidential staff survey, which will inform the plan, found the need for more professional development on digital tools and best practices, along with “some nervousness” around live instruction because of privacy and security concerns.

Students are meanwhile being invited to give their input through an online survey that closes on June 5.

“I think it was important to do it,” Figueiredo said. “Now we have some things to respond to.”

 

Parents give Hamilton school board mixed marks on home learning

Education director agrees with call for standard approach

News May 29, 2020 by Richard Leitner hamiltonnews.com

A Hamilton public school board survey suggests parents are frustrated by the lack of a standard approach to home learning during the coronavirus pandemic, but divided on whether teachers should offer more live online lessons.

While some of the 4,009 respondents to the May online survey indicated they wanted face-to-face instruction periodically or every day, others preferred prerecorded lessons their children could watch on their own time.

Parents generally praised teachers for prompt feedback, flexible schedules, frequent communication, advance notice on weekly lesson plans, a variety of learning tasks and positive messaging to students.

But they also highlighted several challenges, such as the use of different learning platforms by different teachers, assignments being too difficult for students to do on their own, and heavy workloads requiring too much screen time.

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Parents also continued to prefer their kids be taught in a real classroom, including for social connections, with many indicating their children feel stressed, frustrated, guilty and sometimes overwhelmed by home learning.

Education director Manny Figueiredo said he believes the survey stresses the need for more live instruction, a standard teaching platform, and more structure in the virtual school day.

He said although the board does have a standard digital lesson platform, known as The Hub, teachers used a variety of other tools like Zoom, Google and Microsoft Teams as they scrambled to provide online learning.

Many teachers also needed training, he said, and the board is working on creating a standard virtual classroom for September regardless of whether schools reopen.

Figueiredo said a confidential staff survey, which will inform the plan, found the need for more professional development on digital tools and best practices, along with “some nervousness” around live instruction because of privacy and security concerns.

Students are meanwhile being invited to give their input through an online survey that closes on June 5.

“I think it was important to do it,” Figueiredo said. “Now we have some things to respond to.”

 

Parents give Hamilton school board mixed marks on home learning

Education director agrees with call for standard approach

News May 29, 2020 by Richard Leitner hamiltonnews.com

A Hamilton public school board survey suggests parents are frustrated by the lack of a standard approach to home learning during the coronavirus pandemic, but divided on whether teachers should offer more live online lessons.

While some of the 4,009 respondents to the May online survey indicated they wanted face-to-face instruction periodically or every day, others preferred prerecorded lessons their children could watch on their own time.

Parents generally praised teachers for prompt feedback, flexible schedules, frequent communication, advance notice on weekly lesson plans, a variety of learning tasks and positive messaging to students.

But they also highlighted several challenges, such as the use of different learning platforms by different teachers, assignments being too difficult for students to do on their own, and heavy workloads requiring too much screen time.

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Parents also continued to prefer their kids be taught in a real classroom, including for social connections, with many indicating their children feel stressed, frustrated, guilty and sometimes overwhelmed by home learning.

Education director Manny Figueiredo said he believes the survey stresses the need for more live instruction, a standard teaching platform, and more structure in the virtual school day.

He said although the board does have a standard digital lesson platform, known as The Hub, teachers used a variety of other tools like Zoom, Google and Microsoft Teams as they scrambled to provide online learning.

Many teachers also needed training, he said, and the board is working on creating a standard virtual classroom for September regardless of whether schools reopen.

Figueiredo said a confidential staff survey, which will inform the plan, found the need for more professional development on digital tools and best practices, along with “some nervousness” around live instruction because of privacy and security concerns.

Students are meanwhile being invited to give their input through an online survey that closes on June 5.

“I think it was important to do it,” Figueiredo said. “Now we have some things to respond to.”