Firstly, I hope that this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy during these unprecedented and globally tumultuous times. What is happening now in the world is unlike anything we have experienced in recent years and it will most certainly test us all in different ways. I know that many of you will have been negatively impacted as a result of this pandemic and that the effects will take various forms. Although it is undeniably a time of uncertainty and anxiety for everyone, know that this will one day be part of our collective pasts. My hope is that we are able to endure these circumstances while supporting one another and that we, as human beings, will emerge stronger on the other side. Secondly, please know that your health and well-being is and should be a top priority at this point in time. If this is at all compromised during your journey through these uncharted waters, please reach out to somebody who you trust; a teacher, a counselor, or a friend who can be of assistance to you. Despite being more separated and isolated than ever before, we truly are all in this together.
continuity of learning
As you may have guessed, it is still unclear as to whether or not there will be a return to “regular school” this year. My suggestion at present is to proceed as though we will be back in the classroom at some point before June while fully recognizing that this may not realistically occur. There are still many more questions than answers at this point in time with respect to what will happen in the weeks and months to come, so part of what we will need to focus on is coping with this uncertainty. One of the key objectives presently set out by the Ministry of Education is that there be “continuity of learning” during the hiatus from regular in-school classes. Inevitably, this means that students will become primarily responsible for their own learning as teachers take on a role more akin to a guide or facilitator. This will undoubtedly be a unique challenge for some students but will also be a unique opportunity. Without their teachers and regular in-class encounters to help keep them on track, students will be forced to take more initiative with respect to their learning and to be honest about what it is that they do and do not comprehend. This is very much what a university or college environment would look like (and ultimately what learning in general looks like once high school is finished), so think of it as practice for those experiences that will inevitably arise in your future.
In order to get a better sense of which topics you should be learning independently during this time, please consult the course calendar at http://mrgabrielnorth.weebly.com and click on your specific course. In addition to the original schedule that we would otherwise have been following, I will be attempting to provide a weekly outline for what students should be taking on. Use these outlines as your primary map with respect to planning out your learning on a day-to-day basis.
Depending on your specific course and grade level, there are a number of resources for you to use as you continue to work through the curricular content of the course. Online resources can be difficult to sift through (in terms of both quality and relevance), so I have highlighted what I believe should be your primary sources moving forward.
Math 9 1. Student textbook examples and assignments 2. www.studymatrix.net (Very good website which perfectly matches with our curriculum)
PreCalculus 12 1. Student worktext examples and assignments 2. OneNote Notebook completed notes (all students should already have access) 3. www.studymatrix.net (Very good website which perfectly matches with our curriculum) Philosophy 12 1. SFF (Squire Family Foundation) Curriculum (same resource we have been using all year) 2. Crash Course Philosophy (has very brief and condensed videos on some relevant topics)
I know that many of you take pride in your marks and that this may be a significant source of stress and anxiety for you. For some, your worry may be whether or not you will be able to bump up your low “A” to a high “A”, while for others the concern will be the matter of passing or failing a course. Again, it is still uncertain as to what assessment will look like given that learning is now shifting to an online environment, but it will most certainly look different than before. Obviously, in-class tests or assignments are out of the question, so this is something that will need to be adjusted moving forward. At this point in time, we do know that final marks will be provided for all courses and that teachers will be using data from Term 1, Term 2, and Term 3 (currently online learning) to inform their decisions when assigning a final standing. My suggestion for students is that you proceed with your learning for the sake of learning, but also be prepared to demonstrate what it is that you have learned in some way, shape, or form.
From this point on, I will be using the Teams app in order to initiate contact and communicate with students. Please check-in regularly for updates. If you need to contact me directly with a question that is not relevant for others in the class, feel free to email me directly: email@example.com
Welcome to Mr.Gabriel's Website. On this page, you will be able to find up-to-date information on things such as homework, upcoming quizzes and tests, and links to some useful Mathematics websites. Click on the course tab at the top to navigate to the page you need.
Listed here are some websites that you may find useful this year. Some websites will be more useful for particular grade levels than others, but you should at least find something that will be of use to you.
Academic integrity is of the utmost importance in this course and others. Students who demonstrate academic integrity express a commitment to honesty and truthfulness. If you are at all uncertain as to what is expected of you with respect to academic integrity in this class, please do not hesitate to initiate a discussion with your teacher.