The Distance Learning Advantage at Green Hedges School

Green Hedges School responded nimbly and swiftly to the COVID-19 crisis this Spring. Administration and teachers worked hard to create a model that could be implemented quickly and efficiently for our students and parents. Our guiding principles in this journey was to tend to the well being of students and teachers in this time of uncertainty.

Our Distance Learning program was a success for many reasons, but these five reasons stand out as to why we were able to thrive:

  1. Due to our small class size, all students had a balance of time online with their teachers, but also time away from screens to complete assignments. In addition, many of our teachers conducted lessons synchronously, meaning in “real-time,” but there were a good number of teachers, for example, those who taught Art, Music, French, and PE, who recorded their lessons and posted them for students to do on their own.
  2. We considered what technology would work best for our community and what our teachers and students could adapt to without feeling overwhelmed. Since we are a 1:1 iPad school, all students had a device at home which they used to log-in daily.
  3. Teachers kept to a daily schedule and routine, which was so important to both students and parents. Teachers conducted Morning Meetings or Middle School Advisory meetings each day to get the school day started. The schedule for each grade was posted online and students were familiar with how their day progressed. Teachers met with students at various points during the day and provided assignments through our online Learning Management System. Students were responsible for turning in assignments. Teachers kept instruction as simple as possible by focusing on essential skills and content through meaningful lessons and projects.
  4. We kept in constant touch with parents and students to receive feedback and hear from them directly as to what was working. We did this by surveying parents, students, and teachers regularly and meeting with them via Zoom.
  5. We found ways throughout the Spring to continue to celebrate our small, friendly community and preserve a sense of playfulness in our lives.

We are looking forward to welcoming back students and teachers in-person this Fall. Should the need arise, we are ready and able to move successfully to Distance Learning again. If you are interested in learning more about Green Hedges for your child, please contact Director of Admission & Financial Aid Katherine Vazquez at kvazquez@greenhedges.org.