Principles of Online Teaching & Learning at Generation’s
Attendance and Consistent Focus.
Parental support and cooperation are critical to ensuring success. Please help your son/daughter to be regular to online classes, mark attendance and submit assignments on time.
Assessments and Reporting.
The students across all grade levels will be assessed for their learning on regular basis. Final Term Assessments will be conducted online or on-campus depending on the mode of learning and the health situation in the city. The outcome of the assessments will be collated in students’ overall grades and included in the Final Term Progress Report, which will be issued in July, insha’allah.
Learning at Generation’s has always been beyond subjects and textbooks, and online learning should be no different. We will, therefore, continue to focus extensively on whole-child engagement and development, whether through daily routines, skill-building, student activities and much more. These experiences are new – and challenging – for teachers and students alike.
As always, the development of children, especially if it is to be broad-based and holistic, is a collective and collaborative endeavour between the school, the teachers and the parents. Online learning will require new and enhanced methods of collaboration, especially with regards to students’ day-to-day engagement, and feedback from parents. There may be gaps and challenges, but do be assured that everyone involved will try to make the best of the situation.
Setup for Online Learning at Home
Please ensure that students have access to neat and clean desk space, away from noise and distractions. If possible, please allocate a separate room for their schoolwork. Availability of appropriate stationery and materials must be ensured ahead of time. It may also help students to be dressed in school uniform for them to mentally be in school.
Hardware & Connectivity.
- While all our online learning activities are designed to be smartphone compatible, we recommend that each student has access to a reliable laptop or tablet device to whatever extent practically possible.
- Please ensure that every device being used has a strong and stable internet connection. This could be via home WiFi or mobile data packages over your phone.
- If possible, having access to a functional printer may make it easier for students to follow and complete the online learning activities.
Software & Operations.
For online learning, students and parents shall be using Google Classroom as the “learning management system” for all learning activities, and Zoom for live audio-visual interaction wherever required. Please download these applications to your devices and get familiar with them. Induction videos for students and parents are posted in Grade Assembly Google Classrooms.
Routine & Scheduling
Timetabling & Lessons: Pre-Recorded Lessons and Live Lessons.
Every Friday, the next week’s block planner will be shared with students and parents, including details of any specific materials and resources required. Students will be required to mark their attendance regularly as specified by the block planner.
We are conscious that students of the Starter and Junior Sections will be fully or partly dependent on parental support and supervision. Moreover, multiple children at home may present challenges in terms of parental attention and accessibility to devices.
To make online learning manageable for students and parents, most classes will be taking place through pre-recorded lessons that students can watch and work alongside via Google Classroom. The block planner will provide a recommended time slot for these lessons, but students and parents may engage with the lessons at any time during that day. There will be some live lessons (conducted via Zoom) that will be clearly marked on the timetable. Students will be expected to attend the live lessons at the specified time.
Most lessons will involve students working on an activity or an assignment. These assignments must be submitted promptly as per the teacher’s instructions. Moreover, there may be some home assignments that can be worked on during the week, and submitted at the weekend.
Regularity and Consistency.
Students must be regular and consistent, and you are requested to ensure that your child is adequately prepared – physically and mentally – for his/her school day. Having a routine is of utmost importance not only for learning, but also for broader well-being, and it will give children a structure for them to have a day schedule visually in front of them (e.g. on a soft board). It will also help them to be mentally prepared every evening for the next day’s lessons and activities.
Communication & Support
Communication with Teachers.
Students (and parents) may communicate with the relevant teachers via messaging and class Stream on Google Classroom.
Communication with the Front Office or Year Tutor.
For any communication with the School Administration, you may either email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the WhatsApp helpline 0300 0220640. The communication will be forwarded to the relevant persons, and if needed, efforts will be made to set up a meeting. You can also fill out the Get in touch form in Grade Assembly or Subject Google Classrooms to communicate with the academic management.
Section-specific WhatsApp helplines will be in place to answer queries from parents, especially including queries regarding access to, and usage of, Google Classroom and Zoom.
Starter Section Online Helpdesk – +92 318 2851885
Junior Section Online Helpdesk – +92 318 2851886
Middle Section Online Helpdesk – +92 318 2851887
Senior Section Online Helpdesk – +92 300 0220632
We hope and pray that students, teachers and parents all benefit from these efforts, and we look forward to your continued support and cooperation towards our children’s learning and success, insha’allah.