Connections most important
Having received feedback from students and parents throughout the shutdown, it is very clear to me that any remote learning for middle schoolers must consist of regular, proactive communication to students, and parents as necessary. That is best done through interactive means like Zoom, Remind type texts, and phone calls. Simplification of platforms is necessary for kids and parents to make sure they understand how to complete and submit work. There is a huge difference in outcomes from those teachers who made videos, zoomed regularly, and messaged their kids, and those who relied on posts on student portals (like School Loop, for us). without connection, kids drifted away. Remote learning will need to be structured in a more standardized way, with clear expectations and accountability. Students need the structure, and families need the clarity, and everyone's social and emotional health depends on maximizing connectedness.