School is back in session today, but it looks a bit different than it did a few weeks ago. SB Unified has quickly adapted to the Stay at Home Order by rolling out remote learning. With the help of technology, SB Unified students are able to keep learning and maintain a sense of normalcy.

So what does remote learning look like? To find out, we’ll take a peek at a sample day for a first-grade student at Harding Elementary School.

It Starts with a Schedule!

Just like any school day, students have a schedule to keep and will start their day together. Although they will not be in a physical classroom, they will meet using Zoom to “meet” and start their day.

Reading and Phonics

You might be asking yourself, how does one teach reading and phonics remotely? Well, luckily teachers can quickly upload videos with to help guide students through practicing their letter sounds from home. There are many resources online including digital versions of level-appropriate reading books that can be accessed online.

Don't Forget Recess!

Now more than ever, it’s important for students to stay active in a safe way! Scheduling recess ensures that students will exercise and get a necessary break from the screen.

And What About Math?

Here’s where videos come in handy, again! Teachers can create videos that use the visual displays and tools that they would typically use in the classroom and use them as displays in their video. Students can then count along and practice at home.

It's Lunchtime!

And now a break for lunch! Many students depend on receiving meals through the free and reduced lunch program.  Although schools are closed, SB Unified continues to offer bagged meals for children 18 years old and younger for pick up at select school sites, including Harding Elementary School.

Wrapping Up the Day

Next up is social studies and writing. Students will start by learning about how schools were 100 years ago. Students will then switch gears and practice opinion writing. For this activity, teachers have provided leads, templates, and student examples to help guide students and their parents.

And if parents feel like they need more, never fear! Our teachers have provided additional suggested activities, resources, and of course, teacher emails so that parents can contact them with any questions they might have along the way.

We know that this is a difficult and uncertain time for everyone. But it’s especially important to support our students as they continue their learning journey remotely.