Thank you for your continued support of our Secondary students’ distance learning. We appreciate the constant communication and feedback from you and our students so that we can keep reflecting on and improving the distance learning program.
This week, we’d like to share some of the student feedback results and comments so that you can learn what the student population is thinking and feeling. We changed our student survey this week by adding Likert scale questions to our open-ended questions.
We respond to the students’ feedback each week to let them know what aspects of their feedback we’re taking on to improve. We also respond to clarify anything that they might be confused about.
From the feedback above, we learned that the majority of our students feel successful at distance learning, feel that they receive learning and technology support, that they understand what to do for each class, and that they are learning and improving. However, just meeting the needs of the majority isn’t good enough.
Our next steps with the feedback results each week are to reach out to individual students who expressed frustrations, worries, or concerns, to offer support. We continue to follow up with those students each week to provide them with whatever they need.
If there seems to be a trend in a grade level's responses, we contact the students in that grade level to know that we're working on solutions, then we communicate with them once we have implemented those solutions.
We also share the results with teachers and have discussed them in faculty meetings. Students know that this week, their answers will be shared with other students and with the parent community so that they and you can learn about their experiences as well.
Our students shared the following insights about what they like about distance learning and what has been challenging for them.
Self-management with distance learning
The students seem to enjoy the flexibility of scheduling and being able to choose when to complete their work. Many students reported that their self-management skills have led to their enjoyment of the distance learning program.
Students' increased autonomy over their schedules has helped them feel like they can make decisions for themselves about their assignments, timetables, and priorities. Their comments included that they liked the following:
Challenges with distance learning
However, our students also miss school, their teachers, and their fellow students. Many mentioned that seeing teachers and friends on Google Meets has been a highlight. One shared that “google meets so we can talk with our teachers” is the best part of the distance learning program. It’s challenging to complete work alone. One student wrote, “this is difficult and frustrating- I want to go back to school.”
Other students shared that the workload is tough, especially as we approach the last third of the quarter, when summative assignments will be due. One student wrote, “There’s a lot of summatives now, so it takes more than 4 hours a day.” Another wrote that it’s challenging to manage one’s own schedule the whole week and then to have all assignments due by the end of the week; “it’s hard to have a lot of stuff due all on Friday” that student wrote.
Each week 30-45 Secondary students respond to the student feedback survey. We send 1-2 reminders a week to all Grade 6-10 students. If parents would like to support the distance learning program, they can encourage their children to give us feedback each week so that we can continue to improve the distance learning program.
As always, please keep the lines of communication open. Your insights and questions help us make sure that every student thrives.
Ty Smeins, Secondary Principal
Sheila Seiler, Secondary Assistant Principal
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