Mr. Harder's 5th Grade Math & Science Class
I want to welcome you and your student to my webpage and my classroom. I'm Mr. (Wes) Harder, and I'm so excited to be back at Norterra Canyon for a fourth year !!
*** My office hours on weekdays while we are in quarantine are 9:30 - 10:00 am and 2:00 - 2:30 pm via email or Zoom chat
Important COVID-19 updates and info:
I have received several emails already, and I am grateful for your communication! I will do my best to answer all your questions here. I know we are all feeling the strain right now; just know we are in this together! The situation is far from ideal, but we can do this!
- For the most current information and updates, go to https://www.dvusd.org/Page/66666. DVUSD is updating the page regularly with the most recent information.
- For this week's learning activities, go to https://www.dvusd.org/homelearning. There you will see a sample schedule and multiple learning and enrichment activities for your child to participate in.
- DVUSD is providing ALL learning experiences for this week. I will provide learning opportunities for next week and beyond.
- The DVUSD is awesome !! Some of you may not realize this, but our district has even been featured on the news as an example of how an entire district should transition to at-home learning during a crisis. We are lucky to be in this district !! As such, all teachers are following our district’s lead as to how implement strategies and disseminate information.
- We are going to be engaging in what is called asynchronous learning. It means that we are not engaging directly with students in real time. True “online learning” is often ‘synchronous’ and uses platforms like Zoom or Google Meet to interact live and in real time. What we are doing is classified as “at-home”.
- I have multiple virtual meetings and trainings this week to prepare for next week's learning. There is still a lot that is unknown, but I promise you I will share whatever I can, whenever I can. I don't have all the answers yet, but I can assure you everyone in the district is working on this!
- Here are some pointers and tips for you:
- Try not to stress. This is new for EVERYONE involved, so it will take some time to adjust. Your child's emotional well being is so much more important than anything else right now. Comfort your children, reassure them the best that you can; be there for them. They need all the support they can get right now! This is a huge adjustment for them, and for you. Be easy on yourself. No one signed up for this and we all have to find a way to make it work for each individual family.
- If your student has login issues, it is most likely because they have not tried to access the resources through their normal DV learner profile. This means they have to login using their normal DV username and password.
- This week's learning from the District is more about adapting to a new normal and establishing a schedule. Your schedule may be different from other families' schedules and that is ok. We all have to do what works for us. I'm trying to find the balance as well. I suggest maybe giving students each a 2 hour window in the morning to do their online activities, and then they take an hour break. In the afternoon, they are required to do some exercise, some artistic/creative projects, and read.
- The first couple weeks of work will be a lot of review; this is to allow students to learn the process of Home Learning without being overwhelmed by new information. However, there is still so much learning happening as we figure things out. Think of how tech-savvy we are all going to become. There's a positive to all this!
- Try to remember that learning happens in so many places besides the classroom. If you allow your children to help you cook dinner- that's science, math, home ec and reading all rolled into one activity.
- One of the most beneficial things your child can do at home is READ. If that is the only thing he/she does in a day, call it a success!
- Home Learning should not be sitting in front of a screen for 6 hours a day. Plan on about 2 hours a day, and if your child has to work up to that, that is ok too.
- Physical activity will make this easier on everyone. Luckily, our weather is cooperating right now! Take your kids outside; ride bikes, take walks, go swimming.....whatever will keep them moving!
- Try not to compare yourself to other parents. Some seem to have this all figured out already and they have wonderful color-coordinated schedules and amazing activities planned.....some are winging it. You'll find what works for your family.
- Remember that a hug can go a long way during stressful times. I wish more than anything that I could hug all your kiddos right now. I miss them tremendously!
- I am working remotely every day, and am checking emails regularly. I will do my best to reply to all your questions, but please understand that I don't have all the answers yet. I am loving the messages I am getting from students, so please keep those coming!
- I am here for you, I am here for your kids. I care about each and every one of you more than you know.
- Encourage your child to find a positive in all this! Here's mine: I’m getting all the things done on my (very long) ‘honey-do’ list, so my wife is loving this J
Sending love, hugs and positive vibes......