Distance Learning at TBS
Unique Program Elements
1-on-1 time between students and teachers with multiple 1:1 check-ins providing continuous accountability for each student’s individual growth.
Continued focus on community with all-school weekly assemblies, a continuation of our student clubs and affinity groups, and moderated Zoom recess.
Zoom tutorials after each lesson giving students the opportunity to meet with teachers about what they’ve just learned.
Watch this video to peek inside our Distance Learning Program.
Our Program Goals
To maintain connection between students, their teachers and their peers during this period of isolation.
To provide ongoing, meaningful instruction and feedback to students ~ grounded in developmentally appropriate formats.
To allow for rich learning and opportunities for students to express understanding ~ including core arts and civic engagement.
Our online platforms allow teachers to provide learning opportunities and offer feedback, though student learning doesn’t happen solely online.
Google Classroom (4th-8th) is a tool we have used for many years in the 4th-8th grades. Students and teachers manage assignments, work in Google docs and other Google apps, and engage in discussions through this platform. All class assignments, videos, and announcements live here, along with Google calendar links to online classes.
Seesaw (ECC-3rd) is an online platform for students in our Early Childhood classrooms and kindergarten through 3rd grades. Students can see personalized assignments, view video lessons, and upload evidence of their learning in many ways, including pictures, writing, videos, and audio; and teachers can provide feedback.
Classroom Blogs (ECC) are used in our Early Childhood program. This is a familiar tool for sharing student learning and photos, but now also houses videos and links to learning activities, as well as easy-to-follow daily schedules and links to live lessons.
Zoom (ECC-8th) is a video conferencing platform used Early Childhood through 8th grade for live (synchronous) lessons, classroom meetings, learning support, club and affinity group meetings, moderated recess, and assemblies.
DreamBox (K-5) is an adaptive, interactive math tool used in grades K-5th for exploration of mathematics. It personalizes instruction from intervention through enrichment and mixes instruction with assessment to meet students where they are.
Flipgrid (MS) is a social learning platform used in our middle school. We call it the TikTok of distance learning! Students share short videos in response to a prompt like a photo or video. This tool allows students to asynchronously share their thoughts and learning with classmates and teachers, even when they are at a distance.
Feedback from Our Families
“All of you are amazing. Since Distance Learning began, I have been even more grateful that Andy is at TBS. I can only imagine the hours and the surreal amounts of coordination involved to make the whole thing work! It is impressive how TBS has continued to reassess how Distance Learning has been going, instead of simply settling into a plan that already was working well. One consequence of the campus closure has been unexpected and welcome: In working with Andy at home, I have been able to see firsthand what Andy has been learning at school and see how solid Andy’s educational integration has been from attending TBS.”
– Isabel, Andy’s mom (1st Grade)
“The teachers and admins have created a virtual school that is almost identical to an actual school day. The kids get to see their teachers and classmates, have class discussions, get help with homework—all live. They even have their after-school clubs up and running in virtual form! I’m amazed at how quickly they put the whole program together and at how well it is functioning. The online system for tracking assignments is very organized, but that’s not new—it’s the same one the kids have used all year to keep track of their work.”
– Cindy, Kieran’s mom (8th Grade)
“Our family is grateful for the intention and care The Berkeley School puts into everything they do. The Distance Learning Plan has been no exception. The leadership and the teachers have provided structure, learning and connection for our children throughout our time at home.
The clear structure and thoughtful combination of traditional learning and new avenues into learning engaged our third grader and motivated him to organize and take ownership of his work.
Our first grader grew into distance learning because of the careful, gentle and purposeful work of her teachers. She looks forward to her meetings, her work and the community activities every day.”
– Michele, Hannah and Carter’s mom (1st Grade, 3rd Grade)
“I feel that the Sweet Briar Creek Team and all who support/lead them has communicated well and performed admirably in the face of adversity. While we are apart physically from campus, we still feel connected to the vibrant TBS community and find comfort when the teachers meet us via Zoom each morning. The implementation of the Distance Learning Plan and the excellence of the teachers in the midst of global chaos is a testament to the school’s leadership, professionalism, and care for the TBS community.”
– Rex, Max’s dad (Kindergarten)
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Berkeley, CA 94702
Early Childhood Campus
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