An assistant coach for the last year, as well as a Pingry teacher, Mr. Hoepfl looks forward to leading Big Blue.
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
- What is the school going to do about end-of-year events and programming like Graduation, Project Week, and Moving Up Day?
- How is the college counseling Office supporting students during remote learning?
- What type of financial refund or relief is Pingry offering for those services that families are not receiving during remote learning?
- How is Pingry preparing for the 2020-21 school year, and what are the financial implications?
- Which platform is Pingry using for video conferencing?
- How were the various online learning tools chosen?
- Why not zoom?
- How can I access the the recordings of the virtual parent Q&A sessions that occurred during the week of March 30?
- Will teachers cover as much content as they normally would?
- Will attendance be taken? What should I do if my child is sick?
- How will students be graded?
- How can students who are interested in engaging in enrichment leverage Pingry’s resources to do so? Where does the library fit in?
- Will Middle School students still have Conference Period and Flex Time? How will students get extra help?
- Will Upper School students still have Conference Period and Flex time? How will students get extra help?
- Why is social distancing such a critical component of remote learning?
- Will Middle School students receive Report Cards?
- What should families do to prepare for remote learning?
- Why did Pingry wait until the Thursday after spring break to begin remote learning?
- Will the Lower School incorporate synchronous learning sessions?
- What is the rationale for the Middle School’s schedule and number of synchronous learning sessions per day?
- Will Middle School Student-led Conferences and Lower School Parent Conferences be rescheduled?
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