Unique Considerations for Grades 6-8
Students in grades 6-8 are young adolescents experiencing developmental change and growing increasingly independent. Teachers will connect curricular content to students’ lived experiences in a way that allows them to explore their own identity, remain socially interactive and build community, while offering students choices and a voice in their learning experience. Students in these grades are also becoming increasingly independent in their use of technology, and while they may quickly adapt to new media and technology platforms, they should still be given proper guidance on use, and may need family or caregiver support in initial set-up.
In grades 6-8, students generally learn in departmentalized content areas, and many elementary schools begin to offer elective scheduling for specials, such as arts, PE and other topics. Schools will consider arranging the student’s remote learning schedule to allow adequate instructional minutes in each departmentalized content area at their school. Additionally, they will consider arranging the student’s remote learning schedule to afford middle grades students the same specials elective opportunity in remote learning.
A Day in the Life of a CPS Elementary Student
Real time virtual instruction
An elementary student's day remote learning would mirror a day learning at school. It would include a mix of real-time instruction with their teacher and classmates, small group activities, and independent learning time within each of their classes. All CPS students will receive several hours of live instruction each and every day.
Lunch and breaks throughout the day
Elementary school students will have independent time for lunch as well as short breaks during the school day.
Academic electives and enrichment
Much like a normal school, students will also have self-directed time for electives, academic enrichment, and special classes such as arts and physical education in addition to real-time instruction.