Seabury School

Distance Learning.

When our physical buildings are temporary closed due to COVID-19, virtual school continues and we maintain our mission to challenge gifted children in a community that cherishes each individual and fosters a love of learning, discovery, and creativity, from a distance.

It's the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom. – Michael Morpurgo

What does Distance Learning – Seabury Style look like?

The learning experiences teachers design when school is in regular session need to look different when students are learning from home. But Seabury has designed its distance learning program to ensure that the program reflects Seabury’s commitment to child-centered education for highly capable students, includes research-based best practices, is differentiated to meet individual needs, and supports both the academic and social–emotional needs of students.

 

The delivery of the program includes a blend of activities and assignments that students can work on independently (asynchronous work) and times when students can meet with teachers individually, in small groups, or as a large group (synchronous work). This gives students the opportunity to work at their own pace and on a schedule that meets the needs of their family, but also allows for opportunities to meet with teachers and friends. Synchronous learning includes tutoring sessions, small group meetings, and office hours, all of which provide opportunities for students to work with teachers and other students on projects, to navigate instruction, or to receive individual support. Synchronous learning also includes regular class meetings, which occur at least two times a week, that may include instruction, but those meetings are primarily designed to support the social-emotional health of each child. In this time of heightened anxiety for everyone, gifted children, who often intellectually understand more than they are emotionally ready to face, may experience heightened emotions and more anxiety, frustration, and fear. Face to face time with teachers and other students allows students to have a safe place to share their feelings and receive support. 

 

To support families, teachers work closely with parents, especially those of younger students, to make sure they have the resources they need to make their child’s distance learning program successful. While there is required work, designed to help the whole grade move forward with essential skills, there are also optional extension activities so that students with more time or who are particularly excited about a project can take their learning further. As at school, teachers differentiate to meet individual student needs, whether that means offering more complex work, giving students the opportunity to move faster, or providing accommodations for students with learning differences and, in the case of distance learning, challenging family circumstances. Specialists — art, library, PE, and performing art — also provide enrichment activities for students to complete weekly. These include read aloud stories from the library, PE logs that encourage students to get up and move regularly, and art and performing arts activities that tap into students’ creativity.

 

Overall, even with distance learning, Seabury is committed to doing great things with and for gifted kids.

Lesson plan examples from

Distance Learning – Seabury Style

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What happens in a week of Distance Learning – Seabury Style?

Synchronous meetings
Class meetings designed for teaching as well as connection.
Individual check-ins
Teachers coordinate a phone or digital call with each student to check-in and stay connected.
All school PE
Our PE program challenges students to stay active at home!
Specialist activities
Our specialists are included through our distance learning platform and offer at-home options for continued learning and experiences!
Asynchronous activities
Daily activities are assigned to students for them to work at their own pace.
Online classrooms
We use Eduflow for our lower school and Google Classroom for our middle school as online classroom platforms.
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Our Writer

Brad Broberg is editor-in-chief of Seabury's official Distance Learning Blog.  When school is in session, he is a teaching assistant and aftercare coordinator. Brad was a newspaper reporter and editor  for more than 20 years. He continues to write as a free-lancer for the Puget Sound Business Journal, Microsoft Alumni Network, Seattle Children's Hospital and others.

 

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All school PE

Our PE program challenges students to stay active at home!