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What does it look like?

Learning and playing together during a pandemic

We're one week into this.


We're really doing it.


And the number one question from friends and family is:


What does it look like?


Sometimes, it looks like the entire school is together.


But when you look closely, the smaller groups become clear.


This fall, students and adults are in small cohorts all day.


It's a strategy that dramatically limits the number of people they are exposed to over the course of the school day.


Each grade has an in-person teaching team of classroom teachers and a few specialists.


The in-person specialists meet with the students in their (indoor or outdoor) classrooms.


Other specialists Zoom in from elsewhere in the school.


What does that look like?


The science teacher can teach from his office.


The music teacher can teach from her studio.


This fall, music classes do not involve singing or chanting, and students don't share instruments.


What does that look like?


That means you'll see a lot of dance and percussion.


Or you might see the two combined, as body percussion.


Zoom is also used to bring in students who need to be at home.


They'll Zoom in for a lesson.


They'll Zoom in for lunch with a friend by the pond.


Lunch and snack: what does that look like?


Students take off their masks and wear face shields when they're eating.


Classrooms look different, with desks kept apart.


What does it look like when students need to collaborate with each other?


When seventh graders need to talk about race, it's a face-to-face conversation, so they'll wear both a mask and a face shield.


The same precautions are taken when third graders are paired up for writing.


Other times, students won't have a mask or a shield on.


That's what a mask break looks like.


These happen outside.


Throughout it all, school work can continue full speed ahead.


Students still have books to write.


They have portraits to draw.


They have birthdays to celebrate.


They have streams to explore.


They have measurements to record.


They have dance steps to learn.


They have new games to invent.

What does that look like?


It looks different from last year in many ways.


But it still looks like the Gordon School.


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