We must begin the school year with online learning, and as part of our commitment to our core value of Talmud Torah
(Academic Excellence), it will be robust, capitalizing on lessons learned from SAA’s successful online learning last spring.
We found that, with online learning, it is effective to have students in small groups, for example, in “breakout rooms.” Live interaction online is critical for optimal learning to occur, which provides students opportunities to be more active in their scholarly pursuits. For example, when they are given activities and projects that are shared with others, they tend to be more engaged.
This engaging environment will partly be possible thanks to the same new 360-degree Owl Meeting Cameras that would allow students to “Zoom” into classrooms while we’re on campus. Students can stay connected with, or Linked to, their teachers and classmates via online systems so that learning continues, no matter where they are located.
And, we're not just focused on students, either. Before the start of school, our faculty will continue participating in professional development for teaching in online environments, led by professional educational consultants. We know our teachers are committed to learning themselves so that they can continue to deliver the best education possible to students at Sinai Akiba Academy, no matter what the classroom environment may look like. On-campus, online, or both, we can't wait to see you soon!