Safety First. Being Prepared. Together.
Anticipating that Governor Phil Murphy was going to order schools to close in light of the emerging health crisis, Hudson Montessori School had prepared in advance and was ready to switch to remote learning within a few day’s notice. Friday, March 13, was our last day physically in school. Our remote learning curriculum rolled out on Monday, March 16, and teachers began delivering lessons via Zoom with no lag in learning.
Our Remote Learning Journey During COVID-19
None of this was easy, yet the teachers, the students, and the parents rose to the task. They adjusted to a new way of organizing their work and receiving lessons, utilizing Google Classroom, Zoom, and other supplemental applications that gave us access to online learning tools. Students participate in large group circle, small groups, and individual lessons. Two weeks later, we rolled out our Specials classes, such as PE, Music, Spanish, Art, STEAM, and Dance.
This has been an evolving experience for all of us, and we continue to fine-tune the remote learning process for the remainder of the school year. Our teachers make sure that their lessons remain rich, full of purpose, and are part of a valuable learning experience.
As our students became accustomed to the new way of learning, online classrooms became more productive and more was added to the classrooms which enriched the experience. Children and families began to adjust to the schedule. According to the Montessori philosophy, this period is the normalization period. This was truly a partnership of the parents, teachers, and students working together.
Although, the physical building is closed, our school is not. We had remained optimistically hopeful that our state would rebound from the pandemic and that we could get our children together for a final month of in-school learning. Governor Phil Murphy announced on May 4, 2020, that in-person school learning will not resume for the remainder of the year. Though we wish that we could be back in the classroom, we agree that safety comes first in all matters concerning our children and families. Our last day of school for the 2019-2020 year will be Tuesday, June 16, 2020.
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Coping With Change
How do we continue to be a role model for our children while dealing with fast-moving change and work/home pressure? There are no simple answers, but we can offer some suggestions.