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The Woods Academy

Where curiosity and confidence thrive.
Distance Learning is More Than Just Screens
Mr. Briscoe, Associate Head of School

Our distance learning plan addresses the full range of children’s learning—academic, social-emotional, and physical—with meaningful, age-appropriate opportunities for learning, both on- and off-screen.

By now most of us have seen the familiar images of computer screens full of student and teacher faces thanks to video conferencing tools like Zoom. The on-screen aspect of distance learning seems to be getting all of the attention. What about what happens off-screen? Let's take a look.

Hands-On Science and Cooking are two of the curricular activities enjoyed by our 4-year-old students. Last week, Evie K combined the two and conducted her own kitchen experiment - Do chocolate chip cookies taste better cooked right away or after letting the dough set in the fridge for a few hours? Evie concluded they were both equally delicious.

At the beginning of March, Grade 1 students each planted a seed that sprouted into a plant. Fortunately, they were able to bring their plants home and have enjoyed observing them and recording the plants' growth each day just like a scientist.

Grade 2 has been busy reading African folktales like Anansi the Spider. After finishing this particular story, the students were tasked with creating a spider with materials they could find around the house. Look at how resourceful they were with this building task.


There is nothing more fun than celebrating the completion of a novel study. Just before spring break, our 4th-grade students finished reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis. To celebrate last week, they all dressed like a character from the book for their morning meeting video conference.

Finally, Art Teacher Mrs. Taverner gave her older students a poetry and art challenge. She shared two paintings to inspire them, Heat Wave by Kadir Nelson and Young Woman at a Window by Salvador Dali. She asked the students to choose one and write a poem in any style about the piece of art. Here is an example of the assignment by Josie O. in Grade 8.

These are just a few of the ways our distance learning plan supports student growth and development off-screen. Want to know more? Follow us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter (School & Athletics) and search the hashtag #WoodsWorksOn to see our distance learning plan in action.