AACPS VIRTUAL EDUCATOR TOOLKIT - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
9/7/20 Where are the lessons and assignments for teachers? I am looking for the prepared lessons like we had last spring? I need the lessons and the assignments, but can’t find them.
Similar to how teachers are expected to plan and implement lessons in the in-person environment, we expect teachers to creatively use our curriculum guides and resources to plan, development, and implement lessons in the virtual learning arena. Moreover, you are expected to choose the assignments and due dates associated with your lessons. We have asked that you do not over burden students with homework, however, it is your choice as to what and when assignments are made and when they are due. Ultimately, the final deadline for all weekly assignments is Sunday evening at 10pm. We have chosen this time due to the number of students who are not able to log into daily live lessons. They must be given time to finish the assignments they are working on during the evenings or on the weekend days.
9/5/20 What do elementary teachers do in Tools for Success Time?
The information was sent to Elementary Principals and should be available to teachers. There will be a bank of materials and resources ready for Monday, September 14th. It was noted in the email from Assistant Superintendent, Michele Batten, that during this week our Tools for Success time in Elementary Schools can be used to get to know our youngest students and support them becoming confident users of the buttons, tools, and links in the virtual environment.
9/4/20 I have a middle school student in my class who is transitioning from female to male this year. He has asked that I call him a name other than his given name. How do I make this new name show up on the Google Meet virtual learning screen?
Guardians at the elementary level and students or guardians at the secondary level can reach out through their teacher or school administrator (Assistant Principal or Principal) to request that their “preferred name” is on file in the system. It is this “preferred name” that will be used on Google Meet for all virtual learning sessions this fall.
Please contact your school administrator to ask that the student’s preferred name be logged as soon as possible. You are correct in thinking that this should occur and it should be handled as soon as possible – the same day, if at all possible.
9/4/20 How does grading happen for Student Wellness, Tools for Success, and Building Community in middle school?
Students are in a single course for all three of these blocks with two assigned teachers. It is expected that both teachers will be present and actively participate in these blocks. You should give assignments – mostly ones that can be done together in class, expect work to be done, and grade work. However, students will only earn a S or U for this course. Basically, we are seeking participation and engagement. This class should not add significantly to a student’s time load after hours.
9/4/20 How does grading happen for Student Wellness and Community Meeting in high school?
Students are in a single course for both of these blocks with two assigned teachers. It is expected that both teachers will be present and actively participate in these blocks. You should give assignments – mostly ones that can be done together in class, expect work to be done, and grade work. However, students will only earn a S or U for this course. Basically, we are seeking participation and engagement. This class should not add significantly to a student’s time load after hours.
Are Middle School teachers expected to take attendance in every setting, including Student Wellness, Tools for Success, Flex Learning, etc., or just their regular Periods (1A, 2A, etc.)?
Middle School teachers should take period attendance in all periods. They will however, take attendance in Google Classroom for Building Community, Student Wellness, Tools for Success, and Flex Learning Time. Teachers will report attendance in Power School for all other periods of the day.