LPIE FAQ - Wednesdays

What is my classroom teacher doing on Wednesdays?


Wednesdays provide the teachers the opportunity to correct school work and assessments, give feedback to students through Google Classroom or Seesaw, review and collaborate with grade level colleagues on future lessons, plan for the upcoming 2 weeks, troubleshoot issues that arise, and have 1:1 contact with students upon request. Teachers also complete final revisions of their DL adapted lessons, get materials copied, assembled and organized into student bags to be sent home. Teachers may also be participating in IEP, 504 or SST meetings.




Why are Wednesdays structured as all grade levels across the district?


The DL schedule has fewer instructional minutes when compared to in-person school. If music, science and library were done class by class, the minutes focused on core academics would be reduced. Wednesdays are also used for IEPs, SST's, 504's and collaboration. In addition to the grade level instruction, individual classes receive a 25 minute check-in every other week from science and music to make sure they understand the core concepts taught in Wednesday’s lesson.




What are library specialists, music teachers and science teachers doing outside of teaching on Wednesdays?


On Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, the single subject teachers are working on different aspects of their roles and responsibilities. For example, library specialists are now using a system where students can check out books. During these days they go through the system to process requests, pull books, label student names, and prepare for distribution days.The library specialists are also supporting teachers with leveled books to send home to students. Our science and music teachers are meeting with individual classes for 25 minute sessions as a follow up to the larger Wednesday lesson. This allows time for students to ask questions, share their work, or for the teacher to continue to teach a concept. They also meet with their departments to plan upcoming Wednesday lessons. Additionally, the science and music teachers have put together materials for each student to take home so that they have hands-on science and music at home.




What is the difference between the science teacher and LPIE science time?


Your donations to LPIE pay for the science teachers at the elementary schools. In addition, LPIE science instructors also teach specific science lessons. These lessons are developed in conjunction with the science teachers and are oftentimes lessons that are more labor intensive for the instructor/teacher.




How are the Wednesday zoom calls structured?


An aide is assigned to each grade level to help monitor the kids, troubleshoot technology problems, and answer questions. Kids are brought in as participants and are given the ability to only chat with the aide so that they can ask questions as needed. Each single subject teacher, music, library, and science, then joins the zoom to provide a lesson. The lesson follows specific subject standards and is designed to introduce a concept or activity to students. The students follow along with the lesson at home and often engage with materials provided by the teacher.




What can I expect from LPIE Art?


LPIE art will start in October! Students will receive supplies. The instruction will be pre-recorded and instructors will suggest different stopping points throughout the video giving students time to do the work before moving onto the next step. There will be at least 10 videos per grade level. To address DEI concerns, the Native American project has been revised and instructors will incorporate a wider range of representation of artists. In addition, the district will conduct a review of the curriculum over the coming months.




How can I easily access the login information?


Currently, the LPIE website has the music and science information at https://www.lpie.org/tk-5scienceandmusic. Art information will be added as it rolls out.




Has there been any discussions about offering clubs on Wednesdays (typing clubs, robotics, sign language, etc.)?


Yes - we are looking at how we might offer clubs at sites possibly through parent organizations.





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