School Day Organization and Structure in a Virtual Learning Environment
Engaging in a virtual learning environment is different than being in the classroom, mainly in the mediums for teaching and learning. In order to classify those mediums, it’s important to know the difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning:
- Synchronous learning is defined as learning that happens in real-time where the instructor and students interact in the same place at the same time.
- Asynchronous learning is defined as learning that happens through flexible scheduling where the instructor provides many resources – readings, multimedia, assignments, assessments, etc. - to students who do not have or need a common meeting place or time.
During remote learning, students will have the chance to get breakfast and/or lunch at Sabin Middle School. These meals will be served cafeteria-style (as opposed to grab-and-go) when students have scheduled breaks from their classes. Grade-level lunches will be staggered, and students will be encouraged to get some food and head back home to continue learning. Lunch periods will be 50 minutes in length.
The remote learning schedule will include four core classes, two exploratory classes, and one advisory period. Students will have two cores and one exploratory class each day, alternating – there will be “Orange Days” and “Green Days”. Advisory will take place at the beginning of each school day. Lunch times will be staggered. There is a complete schedule on the Sabin website.