Education as we know it has been completely redefined. Teachers have had to rethink what they teach and how they teach it, and parents are having to balance a new set of responsibilities. How is Talcott leading the way in education?
- ONLINE LEARNING: Our priority was getting our students engaged in online learning without experiencing any downtime. Teachers began preparing for the shift to online classes weeks before schools across the state closed. Multiple emails were sent out to parents keeping them informed of our plans and what that meant for them and their students. Our on-campus classes ended on Friday, March 13, and students were communicating with their teachers online and resuming their classes the following Monday, March 16.
- MAINTAINING THE STUDENT/TEACHER RELATIONSHIP: Knowing how important it is for students to have consistency, especially when so many other areas of their daily routine are changing, we made it a priority for all of our classes to meet virtually several times per week as standard practice. All subjects are included in our online curriculum... including music, art and foreign language.
- KEEPING IT CREATIVE & MAKING IT FUN: In addition to online discussions and virtual lessons, Talcott teachers are creative about how they interact with their students. Kindergarten students get together for 'Lunch Bunch' with their teacher and their classmates, and using everyday household items to conduct experiments at home engages students in learning. Students even participate in PE from their living rooms!
- INTEGRATING SPECIAL EVENTS: The first week of online learning, Talcott students participated in a Virtual International Invention Convention with students from China and the United Kingdom. Week two, students attended a live, interactive discussion about Data Science with two Talcott alumni with Salesforce. Integrating fun, unexpected programs with students keeps the online experience fresh and gives students something new to anticipate.
- ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Teachers have provided parents with a list of online resources for families to use to enhance their at-home learning during this time. The Talcott Mountain Science Center also has a list of learning resources for students in Grades K-8, including virtual museum trips, live marine explorations, and many other unique learning opportunities. You can find them here.
THE PARENTS' PERSPECTIVE:
"I just wanted to write an email and let you know how wonderful of a job you guys have been doing with the online schooling. Miss Rice has been in constant contact daily giving us things for the children to do as well as providing videos so [our son, who's in Suite A] can see her. [Our daughter's] teachers have been putting up assignments daily and also have made themselves available to assist when she needs help. I'm amazed how quickly you guys got this up and running and how wonderful everyone has been. I have a high schooler in the public school system and he has yet to be provided anything to do. So thank you so much for going above and beyond and again reinforcing our decision on choosing Talcott! We wouldn't send the kids anywhere else!!" -- Kristin H., Talcott Parent
"Hats off to ALL the teachers for doing such a great job. TMA is an exceptional school and we are so thankful we started this year. Wish we had done it sooner." — Robyn A., Talcott Parent