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VIS 2020: Remote learning principles
1. Be purposeful
View the situation as a new way to purposefully serve colleagues, students and our families in meaningful, value-creating ways.
View challenges as opportunities to be innovative.
Leverage our purpose as a tool to touch people’s lives and give our roles as educators renewed significance.
Remind ourselves that we are part of something bigger.
Recognize that we must take care of one another, in spirit and in deed.
Be willing to share stories that reveal the enduring experiences of our community and what really matters.
Consider that parents are also part of our community.
When feeling anxious, remind yourself we are all in this together.
Recognise that we are interdependent and our behaviors can have a ripple effect.
Remember that parents are struggling too.
Remember that parents are not teachers.
Be clear with academic expectations.
Provide opportunities for parents to reach out.
Provide clear guidance to parents on how to help their child.
Personalise the response to class/students in managing their social and emotional, as well as organizational needs.
Remember that these skills and dispositions are taught explicitly.
Consider the role ATLs play in supporting resilience and efficacy.
Remember to build in the time for self care.
Identify key learning outcomes.
Make assignments purposeful and streamlined.
Build in time for students to reflect and refine assignments.
Don't be afraid to let something go that is not working.
Slow down and prioritise.
Trust students more.
Consider that challenging times require us to pivot quickly and frequently.
Be wary of buying into an idea prematurely, it may need to change with evolving circumstances.
Recognize that everyone is in a different place, both in their learning and in their inner lives.
Recognise when to pause and reflect, and when to take action; both are critical.
Value opportunities to move, create, and share.
Use time for non-academic activity to promote social interactions as well as personal wellbeing.
Acknowledge another's potential stress.
Be aware that parents, students and peers may have personal struggles of which we are not aware.
Remember that demonstrating empathy and building relationships will enhance student engagement.
Seek opportunities to demonstrate care for (students, parents, colleagues) as well as the curriculum.