Week 1 is in the books

Sunita wraps up week 1 of remote learning

We’ve gotten through week one of remote learning and we are all still smiling. We have gone through this week together, apart yet connected. We made it through the first week of social distancing.

A teacher shows the setup he's using to hold remote meetings.
Upper Elementary teacher Taylor Westphal shows how he used video conferencing to hold a meeting on Island Night projects.

Online/remote learning is new for our community, and as Head of School, it’s been a steep learning curve. I have been attending webinars with NWAIS heads of school and AMS, learning how to navigate through these uncharted waters. Parents and guardians, read terms of use for any online platform used for delivering and receiving content, and set up ground rules about the use of conferencing apps.

I had to remind myself that Montessori education is about process, not product. Whether we are adults in this community who are delivering content to students, or whether we are parents who are receiving content for students, we do not have to be perfect at what we do. We are learning and improving, and if we can model to students that it is okay to make mistakes and learn from them, we will be fine.

I watched Middle School students do their science fair presentations online, and it was so wonderful to see their faces and their voices. I miss the sound and presence of students here at school, but I know they are still learning and connecting with each other virtually. I have a whole new level of respect for technology.—WMS Head of School Sunita Pailoor