Our students and teachers rose to the challenge presented by Covid-19 and embraced distance learning in stride. Teachers checked in with students daily, and students connected with their teachers and each other through weekly Zoom calls. Read below to find out more specifics about each homeroom.
Our right-sized school worked so well together as we switched from our classroom to virtual learning in March of this year. I think we - parents, faculty, staff and students - knew we were in new territory, so we relied on our tight sense of community, trusted in each other and the grace of God and got to it! My experience was the 6th grade's cooperative relationship we had in the classroom transferred to zoom sessions with ease. I used a familiar format for my students, including classroom textbooks and technology use, and we all polished our communication techniques to keep in consistent contact. Parents continued to facilitate their child's involvement in school and went the extra mile to reach out to me with questions and information that I need for pacing and clear presentation. I am not sure how the transition to the virtual learning process would have worked if not for the flexibility and desire to make it work that all of us in the 6th grade approached it with.
- Ms. White
Our year started off just like any other year but by the end of it we had to all figure out how to teach in a new way, be students a new way, and live our lives in a brand new way. For distance learning in my classroom it was set up to be synchronous, meaning that I emailed my 7th grade students every morning with the work of the day, any reminders, and a "meme-of-the-day" to help give them a morning boost. The students would respond that they received the email each day. I was also available from the hours of 9-11:30 and 12:30-2:00 to immediately answer any emails with questions or to Zoom with any students that needed extra assistance. We also zoomed twice a week for about forty-five minutes. These meetings would include reminders, sometimes we would have a lesson, other times we would present projects or I would just check in with them to see how everything was going. For the most part, curriculum was similar to being in school. Students would read a part of their books and either take notes or respond to questions. Sometimes I would include a video or an online simulation for them to watch and an activity to do afterwards. We had projects and some small easy to do labs such as going outside to find three mammals or observing soil samples from their backyards. Even though we were separated from the classroom, my 7th graders and I grew closer than ever. I was able to have one-on-one discussions with them and help through work or even just to talk. Here in 7th grade we not only made Distance Learning work but we made it an area for students to thrive!
- Mrs. Beach
Each week, I had zoom meetings to introduce a new topic. If a student was having trouble, we could private zoom so I could answer questions or explain topics in a new way. The students used their books and IXL to practice. I also found Khan Academy videos and YouTube videos that explained the different topics.