Students, Teachers Adjust to Changing Dynamics of Concurrent Classrooms

In the Middle

With the utilization of various technology and platforms, classrooms at KO have become a 

place where both remote and in-person students can interact with each other.  

After learning remotely for the first three quarters of the year, eighth-grader Clara Drag has just begun attending classes on campus in person for the first time.  “Learning from home was definitely different compared to how I attended school in the past,” Clara said. She felt that learning from home brought on more of a challenge considering that Zoom was often glitchy, making it hard to hear her teachers and classmates.“Being in person is definitely more social,” Clara added, who is enjoying the transition from remote to in-person.  

Over the course of the year, geography and history teacher Alison O’Donnell has taught three long-term remote students.  According to Mrs. O’Donnell, one of the greatest challenges of teaching concurrently is keeping everyone inside and outside of the classroom involved. “It’s often hard to have that whole group conversation,” she said.

Mrs. O’Donnell uses a lot more technology this year to keep all of her students involved in class. “Sharing my screen through Zoom allows for students in the classroom and at home to be on the same page,” Mrs. O’Donnell said.  

Throughout the year, sixth-grader Sierra Wells has noticed that the classroom environment has definitely changed, but it hasn’t impacted her learning.  “The classroom is definitely more digital, but at KO I still feel like I’m being challenged and learning.”

The KO community works to keep all students engaged in learning no matter the circumstances.