Middle school students jumped into online instruction with exceptional ease.
Students were well-equipped with the technical literacy skills to navigate these unprecedented times. Through a combination of Zoom classes, Google Classroom assignments and other educational tools, middle school students remained engaged in critical thinking on a range of topics. While in the virtual classroom, students constructed models of sustainable cities in social studies and grappled with themes related to social justice and discrimination in language arts and Bible studies. In science, students had to get creative using items at home to apply theories of simple machines. Middle school students did not only survive the transition to online learning, but rather showed resilience and thrived in this new environment, capitalizing on the new opportunities presented to debate, collaborate, and reflect with their peers and staff.