At our small school, the thread of community is a strong and binding. As we moved to distance learning, teachers and trustees connect with each family and each student. There are bumps no doubt but from a foundation of connection and a phased approach to distance learning, we adjust, grow, offer support where needed.
This week the San Francisco Chronicle's Sarah Feldberg took up the important question of screens and parenting, and the challenges parents of young children are facing as they juggle and adapt:
"At the San Francisco Waldorf School, which teaches students from nursery school through 12th grade, administrative director Craig Appel said the screen-time philosophy focuses on using age-appropriate technology as an educational tool. In practice, that means online research doesn’t become part of the curriculum until fifth or sixth grade, work isn’t submitted via computer until high school and that elementary-age kids write all their assignments by hand — often with fountain pens.
During the pandemic, however, the Waldorf education is moving, at least in part, online. For high school students, the weekly schedule includes a mix of group classes via Zoom, audio lessons and independent work. Younger students might have daily virtual check-ins with teachers and follow along on a Zoom drawing class, as well as working on hands-on elements like craft projects or gardening kits that are distributed."
The bottom-line: balance, connection, a developmentally appropriate curriculum are serving us well. Thanks to the community for sharing your stories: firstname.lastname@example.org