Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning
At Calvert, our remote-learning program focuses on two kinds of communication: synchronous and asynchronous.
With asynchronous learning, our teachers distribute online questions, assign worksheets, and pre-record video lessons that the children can view and complete at any time. Synchronous (or “live”) moments then build off of those independent activities, giving students the chance to communicate with their teachers and peers over video calls.
While synchronous moments are not required, students are strongly encouraged to attend office hours, advisory meetings, and homeroom if possible. These virtual moments not only allow students to ask questions, but they also provide the vital social interaction and connection our boys and girls are used to having with their teachers.
And every day, Calvert teachers and administrators find innovative new ways of keeping students engaged.
Many of our Lower School teachers use props, puppets, and hands-on learning (like scavenger hunts and at-home crafts) to help students connect with math and reading. Middle school teachers take advantage of multiple online programs to distribute and collect assignments. On Community Wednesdays, students can even participate in their favorite afterschool clubs and athletic teams.
At Calvert, we recognize that these and other activities are vital to an enriching education, and we’re committed to maintaining a strong, supportive Calvert community – inside the classroom and out.