From the Primary Principal (OGC) Letter #4
April 13, 2020
From Tuesday, April 14, we are taking our online-learning to the next level. Our primary homeroom teachers will be setting up opportunities to meet live online with your children for social and emotional support.
These opportunities which we are calling ‘Touch Base Meets’ (TBM) are just that, an opportunity for your children to ‘touch-base’ with their teacher in small groups to connect, to check in with them, and to chat. Grade 5 children are already doing this with their teachers and they will continue to do so in the way they have been communicating.
I am aware that some of our parent community would have liked us to have started this earlier. Our research however, and the feedback we are receiving from other international school administrators and teachers, has been guiding our decisions in this area. We have taken time to ensure that we fully understand how we can keep both our students and our educators safe online whilst continuing to give our students the best online learning experience we can. In this time of online learning, we are also mindful that this is not home-schooling and right now at OIS we will not be teaching lessons live online in the primary division. I can assure you that we have, and continue to, look at the best research in this area to inform our decision making.
How will this happen?
On Monday your teacher will share a sign up sheet with you - it, the sign up sheet, will be embedded in the unit letter on Monday morning, on which you can book a 10 minute ‘Touch Base Meet’ with your child’s teacher. No more than two other children will be attending the same meet as your child. This TBM is between the teacher and your child, not other family members, although we would like one parent to be in the same room as your child as an observer, not a participant, for the duration of the chat.
Our IT team have put together guidelines for you to ensure the ‘Touch Base Meets’ are successful. Please follow their guidelines and those from your homeroom teacher.
From our IT Integrators
Other things to note:
This move to online live chats is highly dependent on the technology being used, the connectivity in your home and in the teacher’s home – this first week will be an opportunity for us to evaluate the success of the venture and modify, if required, our way forward.
Please note that this is in no way mandatory – your child can sign up to chat with their teacher if they would like to.