In March 2020, Town Centre Private Schools implemented Remote Learning Programs in our Elementary and High School Divisions.
The Remote Learning program is much more than simply “assigning work”. Students view videos, receive detailed instruction, access relevant on-line links that support learning, and engage in meaningful lessons to produce work and complete assessments.
The adoption of a phased approach to the Remote Learning program has allowed students to adapt smoothly to their new learning routines. The Elementary students are benefiting from increased live video sessions in addition to instructional presentations. The Grade 1-5 students have daily live video sessions with the entire class. The Grade 6-8 students have daily live video sessions with their core subject teachers and with the entire class. This allows students to see their classmates while participating in lessons. Students are able to have their questions answered in real time and complete some of their work online with the teacher guiding them. With more live video lessons, students have more direct instruction and explanation from teachers along with the ability for real time collaboration with their peers. The schedule still allows for students to work at their own pace, but with more defined times for instructional help from the teacher if they require. Students have the opportunity to get personalized one-to-one feedback just as if they were attending class or getting extra help.
TCPS High School students didn’t miss a day of instruction, going directly from class prior to the March Break to on-line learning the day after. In addition to teachers assigning reading, students view videos of their teachers giving instruction, they create on-line simulations, they engage in discussions with their classmates, they complete evaluations on-line and they have the opportunity to get personalized one-to-one feedback just as if they were attending an after-school tutorial.
Live streaming has allowed students much more opportunity to interact live on-line with their peers and with the teachers. Of course, we continue to cover curriculum, but we want to do so in a way that also enhances the “social component” of school. Extracurricular Clubs including MUN, STRIVE and Art Club are keeping the students engaged as they work on club projects from home.
The instructional year has been extended for high school giving teachers additional instruction time while providing students with extra time to work on assignments and culminating projects.
With the recent announcement by the Premier of Ontario ordering that all Ontario public schools are to remain closed through June, Town Centre Private Schools will also remain closed for the rest of the school year. However, while our physical classrooms remain closed, our elementary and secondary Remote Learning Programs are ongoing and report cards for both Divisions will be sent out as scheduled.
Students interested in taking a TCPS High School credit courses during July can register for Grade 11 Philosophy, Grade 11 Physics or Grade 12 Chemistry. Credit courses will run from July 29 – July 31.
We are currently working on adapting our programs for Pre-School and Elementary summer camps, High School summer credit courses and for the school year to reflect new social distancing and cleaning protocols.
If we are unable to operate our Elementary and High School summer programs on-site, they will be offered through the Remote Learning Program.