Learning for the Sake of Learning
Posted by Joanna on March 26, 2020
It’s hard to believe that we are only on day 9 of living in this new paradigm. Close to one million students in Massachusetts are not in school due to closure from COVID-19.
Amidst the disruption, students, faculty and staff at ASM are working in novel ways to achieve continuity in learning. Is it different? Yes. Is it easy? No. We are learning as we go and are adjusting our methodologies as we discover better ways to “do school” remotely.
Fortunately for our community, ASM’s school culture promotes learning for the sake of learning. Our students have a sense of purpose, derive joy from learning, and achieve independence. ASM’s school culture allows students to adapt to remote learning, perhaps more easily than their peers in more traditional school environments. It also enables our teachers to take risks by learning new technologies and to be flexible in thinking about new ways to deliver curriculum and assess student learning. Our culture promotes creativity and risk taking, qualities that I am seeing in our faculty and staff as we live with the realities of COVID-19.
I want to express my gratitude to the entire ASM community. I am thankful that we are working as a team to make the best of a bad situation. While we continue to fulfill our professional responsibilities and manage our personal concerns, our common goal is the health and safety of the entire ASM community.
“I want to thank the ASM team for the packets and lesson planning. It’s been a great way to keep Sarah engaged and learning. I know this isn’t what you guys were expecting but we are making the most of it!” – Children’s House Parent
“Our kids were so well prepared going into the situation and have been busy, motivated, focused and happy ever since. I hear other parents complaining about the inadequacies of their schools and I can only share that ASM rose to the occasion and is fully implementing learning at home. The kids are happy due to the continued structure of ‘school’ with creative, dedicated, and supportive teachers”. – Elementary and Middle School Parent