Middle School Distance Learning
The Moses Brown middle school promises to continue to support a learning community that honors our mission in our changing world. Even in this time of distance learning, relationships and care come first; these are not only central values of a Moses Brown education, but also necessary in order for our students to learn.
We are striving to balance structure and flexibility, consistency and creativity, in ways that let your children continue to grow and learn and hope to use screen time intentionally and meaningfully. We’ll seek to balance these pieces and ask for feedback from students and parents so that we can adjust as needed. We ask that you partner with us as part of this process.
After April 13, MB’s middle school is moving to a divisional schedule that is different from the daily schedules to which your children are accustomed. We have prioritized creating schedules that are sustainable for students, families and teachers for the duration of our school closure, while helping students to remain engaged in learning and in our MB community. These schedules are shared in the division-specific sections in the Distance Learning handbook sent to parents. All schedules are on a Monday–Friday 5-day format to allow easier integration with other family schedules, and for families with children in multiple divisions.
The middle school faculty believe that middle school students are prepared to navigate distance learning with minimal oversight from parents. All middle school students have experience using Google Classroom as our learning management system and every teacher will deliver and collect daily work through this system.
The Distance Learning Middle School schedule has been designed to create both flexibility for instruction and predictability for students and teachers. For the duration of distance learning, we will move away from the 7-day rotation and to a more consistent 5-day model for class experiences and connections with teachers.
The school day begins at 8:45, Monday through Friday, with advisor check-in, and ends at 2:50 each day with arts or music classes. Please refer to the schedule printed in the Distance Learning Handbook for the complete schedule.
Middle school students will have 2-4 synchronous class experiences per day. Each class experience will be relatively short (approximately 20 minutes) to provide instruction, opportunities for support and guidance about strategies for approaching the work assigned.
Middle school students should expect 2-3 hours of work per week for their core subjects in Math, English, Science, World Language and History. For “minor” courses in drama, art and music, they will have 1-2 hours per week of work to complete and teachers will establish daily expectations for long-term projects. Physical Education teachers will provide activities and exercises to complete during a student’s free time.
Middle School teachers will continue to provide critical feedback to students about their skills and performance on required assignments, creating different types of assessments to identify and assess student’s understanding.