Learning in the days of COVID-19

In the Middle

At Kingswood Oxford, accommodations for remote students have been put into place in response to COVID-19’s health challenges. In almost every classroom, there is at least one student learning from home and connecting with his or her teachers and classmates via Zoom. However, some of these remote students are returning to in-person learning.

Eighth-graders Supriya Chatterjee and Alex Segal started the school year off with online learning but after two weeks made the switch to learning in-person. There have been challenges with the shift, but advisors and advisee groups are helping to make the transition smoother by creating new friendships and lightening the load.

While online, these students said they felt socially disconnected. “I was not connected whatsoever. I was not here last year,” Alex said. “It was awkward.” Supriya agreed and said she felt that she was less connected to the friends that she had made in seventh grade.

Upon return to school, both students agreed that the virtual classroom was more focused on in-person learners and that when they got to school, they participated much more. “I would take more notes,” Supriya said. “I had a screen for each subject while I was online with all of the Zoom links put together.” Alex said she had had trouble with all of her tabs and agreed that staying organized was key to achieving success.

Middle School math teacher Ms. Stacey Tomkiel teaches and advises remote students. She noticed that in her classes, students were helping her out if a remote student was raising his or her hand or had said something that she hadn’t heard. 

Ms. Tomkiel also views online learners as the minority because most people are in-person at this point and says that it is definitely more challenging for the remote students. Ms. Tomkiel has one thing to say to remote students considering returning to Kingswood Oxford: “Come on back.  We’d love to have you!”