Remote Learning By Necessity

  • In light of our current circumstances, a number of things have changed regarding how this class will operate and how grading will occur.  This addendum is to help clarify some of the differences between remote learning and “in-person” instruction as laid out in the following syllabus.

    GRADING

    The impact of COVID-19 on student learning and mastery, particularly given the start of the academic year in remote learning by necessity model, requires us to use district-wide grading practices. The challenges of restarting in-person instruction necessitates teachers practicing the principle of “grading with grace,” providing students with opportunities to demonstrate mastery of State standards and other course standards using traditional and non-traditional methods of assessment.

    Moreover, during this unprecedented time, we must recognize the disparity that exists between students’ homes; realizing that for many students, the optimal learning environment is on campus.

    In light of the profound implications of COVID-19 on students’ academic learning and social-emotional well-being, here are a handful of changes that will be made to my grading practice this year.

    • Students are expected to complete and submit assignments by the stated/written due date. Students can submit work up to a week late with no penalty. Individual student challenges will be considered before assigning a grade.
    • The minimum grade that will be assigned to a student on any given assignment is a 50%. Students who are on track to State and course standards mastery, show effort, and meet deadlines can expect a grade higher than 50%.
    • I will enter a minimum of one grade per week into Tyler. This graded assessment of learning will be meaningful, substantive and aligned to State and course standards.
    • All grading, based on informal and formal assessments, will take into consideration students’ social-emotional needs, external challenges and the ability of the student.

    Grading and grade calculations will remain consistent for the entire year.  Grades will be calculated on a points system.  To calculate the effect that an assignment will have on your overall grade you simply need to add up all of the points you’ve earned (or will potentially earn) and divide them by the total points possible.

    EXAMPLE:

    I have assigned a project worth 100 Points.  You currently have 400 of 500 possible points (80% B-).  You can calculate the effect that the project will have on your overall grade this way….

    400 (points you have) + 100 (points you could have) = 500 Points

    500 points / 600 (points assigned in the semester) = 83% and a benefit to your overall grade.

    Conversely...

    400 (points you have) + 50 (points you receive for not doing the project) = 450 Points

    450 points / 600 (points assigned in the semester) = 75% and a drop of one letter grade

    As a result of the changes in our district grading scale, the following scale will apply in my class:

    50% - 59% = F

    60% - 69% = D

    70% - 79% = C

    80% - 89% = B

    90% - 100% = A

    CLASS MEETINGS AND ZOOM

    Students are expected to attend class everyday.  Attendance will be taken and bellwork will be assigned daily.  Zoom meeting expectations will be the same as in-class expectations.

    The Amphi Public Schools Student Code of Conduct applies to online behavior as well as in-person or classroom behavior. You are expected to be professional and respectful when attending class on Zoom. The following are class policies for our meetings with Zoom. Please read carefully, these policies are effective immediately and apply for the remainder of the school year. All students are expected to adhere to the policies.

    NOTE: Class meetings on Zoom (including video, audio, and chat text) may be recorded. Violations are subject to the Amphi Public Schools Student Code of Conduct and will be adjudicated accordingly.

    General

    • Sign in with your full first name and last name as listed on the class roster. Do not use a nickname or other pseudonym when you log in. It makes it impossible to know who is in attendance. Using your full name quickly sorts students into their groups when needed. Users who do not provide their full names will NOT be admitted to class.

      • Exceptions
        • Since enrolling in class, some students have changed their names to better reflect their gender identity.  Also, some students have nickname preferences. If you currently use a different name than what is listed on the official roster, please send a private message so this can be noted on the roster and you can use your current name on Zoom.

        • If you do not have access to a computer or smartphone with internet access, call into class using a landline phone. This is not optimal; please try to locate an internet-enabled device to use for class.
    • Stay focused. Please stay engaged in class activities. Close any apps on your device that are not relevant and turn off notifications.
    • Adhere to the school dress code.  We are still in school.  You must wear school appropriate attire to all Zoom meetings.
    • Get out of bed.  Please make sure you are up and out of bed well before class starts and that you are not joining class while still tucked in.
    • Eat before or after class.  Please make sure you eat before or after class.  Eating on camera can be distracting and our Zoom sessions won’t be that long.

    Video

      • Turn on your video when possible. It is helpful to be able to see each other, just as in an in-person class.
        Exceptions
        • If you have limited internet bandwidth or no webcam, it is ok to not use video. 
        • If you're unable to find an environment without a lot of visual distractions, it is also ok to turn off your video.
      • Keep it clean. Don't share anything you wouldn't put up on the projector in class!

     

    • Face a window.  If you are zooming from a room with a window, face it.  Backlighting can make it difficult to see you and we’d like to engage with your face.

     

    Audio

    • Mute your microphone when you are not talking. This helps eliminate background noise.
    • Use a headset when possible. If you own headphones with a microphone, please use them. This improves audio quality.
    • Be in a quiet place when possible. Find a quiet, distraction-free spot to log in. Turn off any music, videos, etc. in the background.

    Chat

    • Stay on topic. Use the chat window for questions and comments that are relevant to class. The chat window is not a place for socializing or posting comments that distract from the course activities. If you fill it up with random comments, I will be unable to sort through the information quickly to address students' real questions/concerns about the course.
    • No disrespect or hate speech. Just like in our in-person class, respectful behavior is expected. Consider Zoom a professional environment, and act like you're at a job interview, even when you're typing in the chat