Middle School Distance Learning

Three traits we model, teach and practice at MVA are flexibility, adaptability and resilience. If ever a situation required those qualities, this one did and does! Our Middle School faculty and staff have seamlessly transitioned to distance learning, guided by our middle school vision, #CUE2 while modeling flexibility, adaptability and resilience.
 
In keeping with #CUE2, our online classrooms continue to be caring communities where students demonstrate their understanding publicly and are engaged and empowered to take responsibility for their own learning.
 
Utilizing feedback from our stakeholders and research on online learning, our Middle School has maintained a synchronous, daily schedule of classes whereby teachers meet with students in Microsoft Teams classrooms or Zoom meetings.
 
Middle School Schedule for Online Learning
 
PERIOD
TIME
One
7:45-8:15 a.m.
Two
8:20-8:50 a.m.
Break
8:50-9:15 a.m.
Three
9:15-9:45 a.m.
Four
9:50-10:20 a.m.
Break
10:20-10:50 a.m.
Five
10:50-11:20 a.m.
Eight
11:25-11:55 a.m.
Nine
12:00-12:30 p.m.
Lunch
12:30-1:00 p.m.
Faculty Office Hours
1:00-1:45 p.m.

Should a student miss a synchronous session or live in another part of the country or world, he/she is able to asynchronously access a recording of the class at a time that is convenient for him/her. The availability of this recording also allows students who need more time for a thorough, in-depth understanding of concepts and skills, the opportunity to review the recording as many times as needed for full comprehension.
 
Online tools used by the Middle School to empower and engage students are listed below. Teachers may also incorporate the use of additional online resources and apps that include, but are not limited to: Nearpod, DreamBox Learning, IXL, Gimkit, NASA’s GLOBE Program and App, and more.

List of 4 items.

  • CANVAS

    Daily lessons, activities, videos, and grades are posted in our Learning Management System (LMS) called CANVAS, whether content is delivered online or in a traditional setting. Teachers post daily lessons, recorded videos, activities, slide and document sharing, text communication, grades, and more in CANVAS.
  • GOOGLE

    Teachers and students will share documents in Google Classroom, an online platform for paperless communication that streamlines work. Teachers can post assignments, create classes, organize folders, collaborate and edit documents, and see students’ work in real-time. Teachers will recommend a process and norms for co-creating content for each specific class.
  • MICROSOFT TEAMS

    Face-to-face/audio meetings and discussions are hosted via Microsoft Teams as an integral part of the virtual learning process. It is a robust platform that allows real-time, slide and documents sharing and text communications. The Microsoft Teams app is on all school-issued iPads.  
  • ZOOM

    Face-to-face/audio meetings and discussions are hosted in Zoom, an online and app video conferencing tool that allows collaboration and engagement. Teachers will host classes in real-time on this platform.