When the Easter Holidays are over, we'll be improving the way we use Google Classroom. You can read more about why in Mrs Ambrose's letter.
There are three main areas which are changing:
1. Changes to Lessons
We have been working with colleagues from other Greenshaw schools to put together a first-class online curriculum. From next term, lessons in our core subjects (English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, French) will all follow the same format:
Each lesson will continue to start with a short quiz
The main portion of the lesson will be a video recorded by one of our teachers, in which they explain new concepts and guide students towards particular tasks
Finally, the lesson will end with another short quiz, called an “Exit Ticket”
We hope that this will make it considerably easier for students to learn new material and follow along with what tasks they are meant to be completing.
2. Changes to timetables
To make this possible, we have simplified our timetables to a 1 week model. These will be the same for all students across the Greenshaw Learning Trust. You can click here, or on the curriculum button to the right, to view these.
Many students will find themselves with a different teacher to last term - this is meant to happen, and there is no need to contact us about it.
Alternatively, students simply need to log on to Google Classroom, and see which five lessons have been set for each day.
3. Changes to feedback
Centralising planning will free up more staff to focus on supporting students. Students will be able to email questions and work to a helpdesk, which will be staffed with subject teachers throughout the day. As a result, they will be able to get a faster response. The email addresses are:
English Helpdesk - firstname.lastname@example.org
Maths Helpdesk - email@example.com
Science Helpdesk - firstname.lastname@example.org
History Helpdesk - email@example.com
Geography Helpdesk - firstname.lastname@example.org
French/Spanish Helpdesk - email@example.com
In addition, our staff will have more time to review Exit Tickets at the end of each lesson, and identify any misconceptions.
Unfortunately, in smaller subjects, we are not able to provide the same level of support – but we will continue to set work on Google Classroom as we have been doing.