Hear from the co-leader of Pingry's Student Wellness Club about a recent event she attended that gave her and fellow club members new ideas.
Remote Learning at Pingry
Remote Learning for Pingry students is the collective efforts of the entire community to leverage our passion and talents to rethink and redesign what the Pingry experience can be when we are not together. While technology helps facilitate our goals in myriad ways, it does not provide the entirety of the remote experience. As you can see from our mission and goals below, while we may be remote, we will not always be online - and while we may not be online, we will strive to be connected.
In many ways, the mission of remote learning at Pingry mirrors Pingry’s institutional mission: to foster intellectual curiosity, individual growth, social responsibility, and academic excellence. Remote learning is not intended to replace what occurs day-to-day, face-to-face on Pingry's vibrant campuses. Pingry’s remote learning plan seeks to acknowledge and embrace the differences between learning face-to-face and learning remotely, while still prioritizing academic excellence and student progress. Our approach to remote learning will leverage our flexibility, creativity, and strong community connections in a way that works to support the School’s mission in new and creative ways. And it bears in mind that our goal is not perfection; rather, it is educational continuity, human connection, and, above all, the well-being of our entire community.
Emergency remote instruction is not the same as online learning
Faculty preparing to teach a formal online course can spend many months designing it. Our remote instruction does not seek to replicate the ideal online course experience for students; rather, our focus is on continuing instruction. Remote instruction happens in partnership with families and in good faith that everyone is doing their best in a complex, evolving situation.
Teachers build upon the structures they already have in place
Our teachers will draw on the relationships they have built with their students as well as the existing architecture of their classes to guide decisions about how best to continue teaching remotely.
Low-tech (or even no-tech) can be the best solution
It can be tempting to try to replicate students’ in-class experience by primarily utilizing digital platforms that require teachers and students to be online together at the same time. Blended approaches that include a combination of real-time sessions (synchronous participation), self-paced engagement (asynchronous participation, and offline work (e.g., pleasure reading, discussions with a family member or friend remotely, journal writing, photography, and/or video production) can often be a more effective way to involve students.
A transition to remote learning due to COVID-19 has prompted faculty and students alike to adapt to less-than-ideal teaching conditions; similarly, expectations should also be adjusted. Faculty may not cover all of the content and skills they normally teach. They will decide what’s most important among their instructional goals and let those priorities guide their teaching decisions, not letting perfection be the enemy of forward progress.
Center human connection
Given the heightened anxiety and uncertainty we are all experiencing at this moment as a result of COVID-19, it is important that we approach each other with compassion, generosity, and well-being in mind. Connection and collaboration are essential elements of remote learning.
In short, Pingry’s remote learning plan places a premium on:
Simplicity and flexibility
Quality and quantity
Routine and predictability
Support and compassion
Fun and adventure
- Will attendance be taken? What should I do if my child is sick?
- How were the various online learning tools chosen?
- Which platform is Pingry using for video conferencing?
- Will teachers cover as much content as they normally would?
- How will students be graded?
- Have Middle School Student-led Conferences and Lower School Parent Conferences been canceled?
- Why is the Middle School only planning one synchronous learning session per day?
- Does the Lower School have a standardized, daily remote learning schedule?
- Will Middle School students receive Report Cards?
- What is happening with Lower School Enrichment?
- Will Middle School students still have Conference Period (CP)? How will students get extra help?
- Will Upper School students still have Conference Period and Flex time? How will students get extra help?
- Who is on the remote learning task force (fltf)?