Online Learning FAQs and Expectations

This page was created to support online learning during the period of February 2020 to May 2020. While many of the scheduling specifics are out of date, there is material that can be referenced for the few remaining students who are online.  

Commonly Asked Questions About Online learning

Preschool and Elementary School

Learning Environment
Learning at home will be new and different for your children. Some will find this easy to adjust to, while others will need some support. In order to help your child work effectively from home, it is best to set up routines and have a designated workspace for your child. You know your child best and will know how to divide up the work throughout the day into manageable chunks of time.

Online Classroom
Preschool-Grade 4 teachers will use email and SeeSaw to communicate with parents about their child’s daily lessons and activities. On top of this, Grade 5 Teachers will use Office 365 tools such as OneNote and Teams.

Posting Assignments
Teachers will email assignments and all related material each day by 8:00 am Guangzhou time. A detailed outline of activities, resources, assignments and due dates will be provided in these communications. It is an expectation that students will complete all the assigned work, just as they do when school is in regular session.

Feedback from Teachers
Feedback on assignments will be provided to students through SeeSaw or parents’ email.

Communication with Students and Parents
Communication will occur through school email and SeeSaw. Should you need to ask your teacher any questions, please email your teacher or request a 1-1 video conference. Emails will be answered within a reasonable amount of time.

The ES Counselors will be available to talk with parents and children. Please email your child’s counselor should you have any questions or request a 1-1 video conference.

The Librarian is also available to answer questions and interact with students and or teachers to support student learning.

Specialist Teachers (including Chinese teachers) will communicate through your child’s homeroom teacher.

Mr. Crabtree and Ms. Tatz will be available to answer questions as well.

Middle School

Online Classroom
Class Microsoft Teams sites will be the primary platform for assignments and resources between students and teachers. Essentially, Teams and Zoom will function as the classroom for teachers and students. Students are very familiar with these platforms, as they are used in nearly all of our classes at the present time.

In addition, assignments will be posted on the online homework document (accessed through the AISG website) as usual, so parents can go there to view what their child should be working on.

Posting Assignments
Teachers will begin posting assignments starting February 4, which is the day students should expect to begin working on assignments. The expectation is that students and teachers will follow the normal timetable and work will be assigned as such. Students should, therefore, plan to log in every day and check for new assignments. It is an expectation that students will complete all the assigned work, just as they do when school is in regular session. Please contact me if your child will not be able to participate in online learning for some reason.

Feedback from Teachers
Feedback on assignments will be provided to students through their class Teams site, school email or through the Veracross gradebook. Students should check these regularly during the online learning period. No major assessments will be given while we are working in an online environment, at least not during this initial phase (Feb 4-14).

Communication with Students
Teachers will communicate with students via Teams or school email and will be available to respond to questions from students on an ongoing basis. Teachers who are outside China and in different time zones may take longer to respond but will be checking their Teams sites and email frequently throughout daylight hours, regardless of where they are.

Communication with Parents
Communication with parents will occur through school email. In addition, parents may check the Veracross gradebook periodically to see any recently entered grades. As noted above, there will be no major assessments given during this initial online learning period.

Weekly Schedule for Posting Lessons/Assignments & Submission of Assignments

Teachers will post new assignments ONLY on the assigned day/days of the week. In addition, assignments will be due ONLY on those assigned days. Something will be posted on every assigned day for that subject, even if all it says is “keep working on your assignment”. Wednesday is a work/catch-up day for students and no classes are scheduled to post or have things due on that day.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

English

Science

Sheltered English

Health

Art of Communication (7 only)

Social Studies

Math

Foreign Language

Music

Innovation & Design Thinking (6 only)

Art/Drama

Work Day for Students

(No assignments due. No new assignments or lessons posted)

English

Science

Sheltered English

PE

Robotics (7 only)

Social Studies

Math

Foreign Language

Music

Multimedia (8 only)

Online Help Sessions
Each teacher will be available via Zoom or Teams once/week according to the schedule in the link: Teacher Help Sessions Schedule. Students should check the teacher’s Teams site for a link to a Zoom meeting or for instruction on how to connect through Teams. These are optional, so students should only come online if they have questions. Otherwise, we may have 50-60 students online with a teacher at the same time.

Students can come in and out of the session at any time, so they can just stay online with the teacher for as much of the hour as they want. The purpose is to connect with the kids and let them ask questions, not to teach a new topic. Let’s see how this goes and I am hopeful that our students will find it beneficial.

High School

Online Classroom
Microsoft Teams and OneNote sites will be the primary platform for assignments and resources between students and teachers. Essentially, Teams sites will function as the classroom for teachers and students. Students are very familiar with these platforms, as they are used in nearly all of our classes at the present time.

Posting Assignments
Teachers will begin posting assignments starting February 4, which is the day students should expect to begin working on assignments. The expectation is that students and teachers will follow the normal timetable and work will be assigned as such. Students should, therefore, plan to log in every day and check for assignments. It is an expectation that students will complete all the assigned work, just as they do when school is in regular session. Please contact me if your child will not be able to participate in online learning for some reason.

Feedback from Teachers
Feedback on assignments will be provided to students through their class Teams site, school email or through the Veracross gradebook. Students should check these regularly during the online learning period. No major assessments will be given online between Feb. 3-14.

Communication with Students
Teachers will communicate with students via Teams, OneNote, school email, or occasionally via a WeChat group. Teachers will be available to respond to questions from students on a regular basis. Teachers who are outside of China and in different time zones may take longer to respond but will be checking their Teams sites and email frequently throughout daylight hours, regardless of where they are located.

Communication with Parents
Communication with parents will occur through school email. Additionally, the Veracross Parent Portal will continue to be open and grades will be updated there regularly as usual. As noted above, there will be no major assessments given during this initial online learning period.