High school teachers are being asked to resume their courses from a distance, to the best of their ability, while focusing on the essential understandings that will enable students to meet the majority of a course's essential outcomes and be prepared to move on to the next course level.
As described in the NWT Education Bulletin, teachers are expected to assign an average of 3 hours of work per course per week, which is less than regular classes and will require teachers to focus on the most essential understandings of the curriculum, and may require alternate assessment practices for students to accurately demonstrate their learning.
While loss of instruction time is true for all high school courses right now, concerns have especially been expressed about mathematics and science courses, as they are sometimes seen to be more focused on specific content and skills.
It is understood that some content will not be covered, but this should not impact the students’ final marks in the course. Teachers are being asked to assess students only on the content covered, between when the course started and the end of the school year. However, students will still need to actively participate in distance learning.
In the next school year, teachers of subsequent courses may need to evaluate students’ understanding of prerequisite concepts and provide increased support to students who require them. Options will exist for students who are unable to complete the course in this school year, or who need more time to capture the essential understandings. Each student is unique and their specific circumstances will likely require conversations with their teachers and school principals for solutions that work for them, with student and family health and wellness as a priority.