April 24, 2020

What Students Are Discovering During Remote Learning

by Melinda Kaufman, Assistant Lower School Director

Over the last six weeks, McGillis students have been put to task, exploring a completely new way to engage in school. They’ve been tossed into instruction methods that are unfamiliar to them, and they’ve been asked to take on more responsibility for their own learning.  Of course, there have been obstacles along the way, but we are proud to see that our Magpies are successfully adapting to new ways of learning.

We asked our students for feedback on how they are spending their time, what they have learned, and their thoughts on Continuously Learning.  Many of our students have had similar experiences, and here are some of their common discoveries and insights.

  1. Learning how to set up and use Zoom.
  2. Realizing my fears about not being able to learn remotely were wrong.
  3. Learning how to manage responsibilities and not waste time. 
  4. Finding new and exciting books while renewing a passion to read.
  5. Discovering there can be up to 1,000 aftershocks after a big earthquake. 
  6. Enjoying baking and spending time in the kitchen.
  7. Exploring my own backyard is fun.
  8. Finding ways to get along better with siblings.
  9. Realizing that hawks and other birds of prey live in the city. 
  10. Learning how to do new tricks on bikes and skateboards.
  11. Discovering how to be a better student. 
  12. Understanding sometimes you just have to go with the flow.
  13. Practicing how to balance a spoon on my face. 
  14. Being creative is a great way to spend time.
  15. Realizing that normal school is a lot more fun. (We think so too!)

When looking on the bright side, this has given many of us the opportunity to slow down, spend time with our kids in different and meaningful ways, and cheer them on as they learn to ride a bike, discover their new favorite book, or complete a project on their own.  In addition to their education, these are valuable experiences that we know will make our Magpies stronger and more prepared to change the world.


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