Remote Classrooms

Biology

The Grade 12 Biology class is finishing up a unit on metabolic processes, and for their summary task, they had to show in chart form the basics of everything we’ve covered in the unit. They were encouraged to be creative and get off of their screens. Some students drew on windows, or on sidewalks – or other mediums.

The students are asked to make a visual product once a week that they can share. Mr. Harskamp notes that he’s been impressed so far. “While this is a new way of learning, I have been greatly encouraged by how resilient my students have been in their ability to continue their education out of the physical classroom. That being said, I miss them, and can’t wait to be back in person teaching them again.”


Choir

Mr. Vanderwoude made accompaniment tracks for each voice type and sent them out to students. The students are to practice with the track and when they are ready, record themselves singing while listening to the track with headphones (to keep it synced). All the tracks will then be mixed with the accompaniment and shared. We can’t wait to hear the final track!


Phys-Ed

The Grade 9 Girls’ Phys. Ed classes are working on activity logs for our online learning. Girls have the opportunity to choose any type of activity they enjoy, which has been a perk for many. Many girls have been walking, running, biking, playing different sports in their backyard and doing a variety of online workouts.

We also do a class workout together on Zoom that I lead the students through each week. So far, most girls enjoy that this is their “homework”, but are really missing the social and team sport aspect that Phys. Ed classes usually have. We are working towards community and accountability while staying active together by sharing photos and ideas of ways to stay active. I encourage all students to find time to take a screen break from online learning and enjoy some physical activity!


Math

The grade 10 Academic Mathematics students are getting a taste of what a “Flipped Classroom” feels like while we are using distance education here at HDCH. In a traditional flipped classroom, the learning of a new concept happens outside of regular class time for the students (by video), and the class time is used for the students to do their “homework”. This way there can be more collaboration between students while they do their work, and the teacher can lead the class through some tougher problems or simply go around and help students that have questions.

The students watch a video lesson at home that has been prepared by the teacher; the video goes over the basic concepts of the topic that is being learned. Math students are being provided with videos to watch on their own, and then we use the Zoom meeting time to go over some tougher problems or questions that a student volunteers. We are experimenting with different ways of making collaboration happen in our Zoom meetings. So far, the students have found the video lessons to be an effective way to learn the concepts.

Some of the comments received have been:
“I really do like the video lessons.”
“They’re pretty good.”
“They feel like an actual class.”

Of course, as in all cases, this kind of learning will be great for some students and more of a challenge for others. Our ultimate hope is that the students feel like they can understand the concepts they are learning, and know that if they are in trouble, we are only a video chat away!


Parenting

Parenting class is in full swing in our second week of online learning at HDCH. We are in the midst of learning about infant and child growth and development, and student learning has been enriched by the participation of guest speakers.

Yesterday, Melanie Burnip, an expert in speech therapy, spoke to the class about speech development in young children. Tomorrow, Linda Jonasson will be joining us as an expert in children’s literature and the effect of reading on the development of young children. It’s so good to work in partnership with parents and community experts to keep online learning fun and interesting!