Hello, Titans! Give yourself a pat on the back for we have survived the first couple weeks of remote learning! Although it might not always have gone as smoothly or easily as we had hoped, everything turned out great in the long run. For several years now Trinity has been utilizing resources such as myTST and Google Classroom, and both have proven invaluable in helping our teachers during this transition from classroom instruction to remote learning. Our teachers and support staff have exhibited a “can do” attitude, and that has made all the difference.
Without the support of our parents (and grandparents), we know this would not have been possible. They have stepped up and helped with math homework, learned to navigate Khan Academy, and made it possible for even our youngest learners to videochat with their teachers. While it hasn’t always been easy, it is heartening to see that learning is still happening. Seeing pictures posted on social media of our students conversing with their classmates and teachers, laughing, and feeling connected while isolated at home is reassuring. Trinity is a community of learners, and this really brings that point home.
However, we know that not all students will have the same amount of support as others during this time. That is just reality. Some parents must work, plus not every child has the same access to technology (or wifi). Our teachers just ask that our students give their best effort. Some days will be better than others. The most important thing is that we ensure our students read every day and try to keep up with their studies as best they can. As I am sure everyone knows, not all learning comes from books. Helping cook dinner (reading recipes, measuring ingredients, etc.), walking outside and observing nature, and playing games with siblings all keep our minds engaged.
At this point, we are unsure how long this situation will last, but we are prepared. Wednesday and Friday chapel services will continue to be posted online, and we will begin having weekly advisory check-ins for our middle and upper school students. In addition our specials teachers have posted some creative and engaging lessons on myTST if time allows. It is our belief that in these uncertain times, children fare better with a routine. We want them to know that we at Trinity are here for them. So, enjoy the time ahead with your children. Time may seem like it is standing still on some days, but that will change soon enough.